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    Tough Times...Explanations...Apologies

    Hey peeps--

    By now you've probably been thinking 'is Greedygirl even alive anymore'? I wouldn't blame you and I feel terribly about my sudden, extended absence. Yes, we all know I can be flaky, but the past few weeks have exceeded my general flakiness.

    Just to fill you in, it all started with some serious mouth pain. The sort of pain that won't allow you to sleep and distracts you from focusing on anything. Saw the dentist and I have a bit of diseased bone going on. I'm gonna need some bone grafts done, but finding time between now and the wedding is gonna be tough (you'll understand more as you read on).

    There's some stuff that Bryan came to me with relating to work, the industry and it's possible effects on GoneGambling. This is nothing I can discuss yet (I will at a later time) and don't worry--things are fine with GoneGambling. It just took my head out of things for several days (along with Deedeemoe's, but she held it together quite well, as she always does!).

    While dealing with this, Joe began getting quite fatigued. I've not discussed this previously, but Joe has been dealing with Multiple Sclerosis for the past ten years. It's managed well by an infusion treatment called Tysabri and it's been amazing stuff for him. His symptoms and progression of the MS have been halted almost completely by this treatment and if you were to meet Joe, you'd likely not know he had this nasty disease.

    Back to the fatigue stuff...

    Each day, Joe was becoming more and more fatigued, sleeping as much as 16 - 18 hours a day, with no appetite. This slowly inched into a very serious, unending headache. He stopped drinking liquids and for me, panic set in. Week before last, enough was enough--I took him into the hospital and he underwent a ton of tests along with bag after bag of fluid being pumped into his system. The doctors were somewhat baffled, as this did not seem to be any sort of an encephalitis nor did it seem related to the MS and it definitely wasn't some sort of depression.

    The morning I was to pick Joe up from the hospital, I was in our master bathroom. I looked down and saw a mushroom growing between the wall and the baseboard. WTF?!?!? Immediately, I rang the owner of my home and after she freaked out for a moment, she contacted her insurance company and got the ball rolling to get the house properly checked for mold.

    After speaking with her, I went and retrieved Joe from the hospital. In speaking with doctors, it became fairly clear that if indeed we have a serious mold situation, this is likely what triggered Joe's sudden downhill turn.

    This past week, we have been dealing with mold experts, contractors, insurance investigators and other folks. Essentially, we have a nightmare on our hands: The house is essentially a giant petrie dish filled with every type of mold imaginable and is completely untenable. We need to be out of this house as soon as possible, plain and simple. Mold for anyone is not good, but for someone with an auto-immune disease (which MS is), it can be incredibly serious.

    All of this is coming at the worst time possible...the pain in my mouth, preparing for a wedding that's taking place in barely two months, and this work stuff. Making matters worse, there's little rental inventory in El Paso at the moment with homes that would be suitable for Joe, myself and three dogs. We're tough, though and we're gonna get through this.

    Basically, the past few weeks have been difficult and I expect the next few weeks to not be much better. I'm really treading water here and I hope all of you can accept my heartfelt apology for my lack of attentiveness around the site. I'm going to do my best to be more involved, but I don't want to make any promises I can't live up to right now.

    I hope you all understand and I appreciate how patient everyone's been.

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    all understand

    deb it will work out for you and joe and the dogs

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    Bless your hearts!!! I'm sorry y'all are having to deal with so much at once. One foot in front of the other...breath in and out.
    I'm glad you have each other!
    puddycat

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    Everything at once!

    Quote Originally Posted by puddycat View Post
    Bless your hearts!!! I'm sorry y'all are having to deal with so much at once. One foot in front of the other...breath in and out.
    I'm glad you have each other!
    puddycat
    Feel bad for you, they say things come in threes. Dentistry being the worst! Sure did with you.

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    Is that all???

    Whew...I thought you were going to say that the wedding was off!!

    (Just kidding)

    I hope/know things improve and always remember there is a silver lining in everything bad that happens.

    You WILL find a house and one that's even better than the one you have.
    You WILL file a law suit and make lots of money from this which both you Joe deserve.
    You WILL schedule bone grafts and get fixed up so you will still be able to enjoy your wedding and honeymoon.
    You WILL leave all the details now for the wedding to your wedding PLANNER so you can concentrate on getting both of you better. (That's what you pay the PLANNER to do)!
    You WILL live happily ever after!!!

    Love,
    Jimebear
    Last edited by jimebear; 08-02-2015 at 05:07 AM.

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    No apology needed!

    Wow, life just loves to throw us some curveballs every now and then to keep us on our toes, but you seem to have gotten them all at once. My thoughts and prayers are with you both while you wade through the pile of crap that has been dumped on you. Yuck, that sounds really gross ! I know that in time everything will fall into place and you can start to enjoy a normal life again. I hope that your bone graphs go well and you will be free from all the pain. Dental pain is the worst! Stay positive and strong, you've got this!!

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    JUST SEEN THIS POST

    Bad luck comes in three's or more So sorry to see you guys go thru all of this! We all do find a way to survive everything. I had a horrendous tooth and got it pulled. Nothing worse than the all consuming pain! Take Care!
    "One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody's listening"

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    It is hard to face each day on a positive note when so much heartache and challenges are knocking at your door, but let me tell you the story about a mule and the farmer.

    There was a farmer that owned an old mule. One day the mule fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard the mule praying or whatever mules do when they fall into wells.

    After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together, told them what had happened, and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.

    Initially the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back, HE WOULD SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP!

    This he did, blow after blow. "Shake it off and step up... shake it off and step up!" He repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or how distressing the situation seemed, the old mule fought panic and just kept right on SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING UP!

    It wasn't long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well! What seemed like it would bury him actually helped him ... all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.

    THAT'S LIFE! If we face our problems and respond to them positively, and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity

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    Thanks, everyone--for understanding as well as your support. It means more than you can imagine.

    I do have one question, though...did Dokken just somehow equate me with an ass?

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    "One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody's listening"

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