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Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting, 
Walkers and  handrails and new dental fittings, 
Bundles of magazines tied up in string, 
  These are a few of my favorite things

Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses, 
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses, 
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings, 
  These are a few of my favorite things. 

When the pipes leak, When the bones creak, 
 When the knees go bad, 
I simply remember my favorite things, 
     And then I don't feel so bad. 

Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions, 
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions, 
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring, 
    These are a few of my favorite things. 

Back pain, confused brains and no need for sinnin', 
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',   
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames, 
  When we remember our favorite things. 

When the joints ache, When the hips break, 
     When the eyes grow dim, 
 Then I remember the great life I've had, 
      And then I don't feel so bad. 

The typical symptoms are Raynaud's syndrome (in which the fingers suddenly become very pale and tingle or become numb or blue in response to cold or emotional upset—see Peripheral Arterial Disease: Raynaud's Syndrome), joint inflammation (arthritis), swollen hands, muscle weakness, difficulty in swallowing, heartburn, and shortness of breath. Raynaud's syndrome may precede other symptoms by many years. Regardless of how mixed connective tissue disease starts, it tends to worsen, and symptoms spread to several parts of the body.

The hands are frequently so swollen that the fingers look like sausages. A purplish butterfly-shaped rash on the cheeks and bridge of the nose, red patches on the knuckles, a violet discoloration of the eyelids, and red spider veins on the face and hands all may appear. Skin changes similar to those in systemic sclerosis also may occur. The hair may thin.

Almost everyone with mixed connective tissue disease has aching joints. About 75% develop the swelling and pain typical of joint inflammation (arthritis). Mixed connective tissue disease damages the muscle fibers, so the muscles may feel weak and sore, especially in the shoulders and hips. Tasks such as lifting the arms above the shoulders, climbing stairs, and getting out of a chair can become very difficult.

Fluid may collect in or around the lungs. In some people, abnormal lung function is the most serious problem, causing shortness of breath during exertion.

 Occasionally, the heart is weakened, leading to heart failure (see Heart Failure). Symptoms of heart failure may include fluid retention, shortness of breath, and fatigue. The kidneys and nerves are affected in only 10% of people, and the damage is usually mild compared to the damage caused by lupus. Other symptoms may include fever, swollen lymph nodes, abdominal pain, and persistent hoarseness. Sjögren's syndrome may develop. Over time, most people develop symptoms that are more typical of lupus or systemic sclerosis.

The first signs of chronic venous insufficiency are ankle and leg swelling. Swelling occurs because the blood that has pooled in the veins causes abnormally high pressure in the veins. As the pressure and swelling increases, the skin of the legs may actually leak tiny drops of plasma, which is the pale yellow fluid part of blood. Eventually, the capillaries burst under the high pressure, releasing red blood cells and giving that area of the skin a reddish-brown discoloration. The discolored skin is easily broken by a scratch or bump. When this happens, the patient frequently develops leg ulcers, called venous stasis ulcers, which can become infected. An infected skin ulcer will ooze pus and have a foul-smelling discharge. If the infection spreads to the surrounding tissue, the patient develops a condition called cellulitis. Other symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency include legs that ache, feel heavy, or feel tired, especially after long periods of standing; new varicose veins; leg skin that looks and feels leathery; and flaking and itching in the affected area of the legs

Prognosis:  Despite treatment, mixed connective tissue disease worsens in about 13% of the people, causing potentially fatal complications in 6 to 12 years. The prognosis is worse for people who have mainly features of systemic sclerosis or polymyositis. Overall, 80% of people survive at least 10 years after the diagnosis is made. Symptom-free periods can last for many years with little or no continuing treatment with a corticosteroid.

 

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I cant begin to tell you what you all mean to me. Yesterday was absolutely amazing and I guess my pea brain had no idea what it was gonna be like to be on everyone's home page for 24 hours...lol. The response to that overwhelmed this lil gal from texas' heart. You people are incredibly amazing to me. Those that know me well know that if there is anything at all I can do for you for showing me so much kindness all you need do is ask. Im incredibly behind in rating you all and if I havent, which yesterday was next to impossible, please remind me especially if you are needing to level up and I'll come and help push you over or pimp you out as need be. I do want to address one thing that is in my mind this morning. Over the day and last night several haters came to my profile...Never once commenting on anything but to leave 1's, 4's etc...whatever the number, I guess in some attempt to make me feel badly or to drop my rating or whatever. Never being brave enough to speak to me. Just doing their lil nastiness and skulking into the day or night without a trace. GET THIS I DONT CARE ABOUT THAT!!!!!!! Is it exciting to be today's #1 Cherry and ranked 88 overall...Sure...but.... WHAT I CARE ABOUT IS MY FRIENDS!!!! Without you people I would not be there. And if I never get there again or I fall to the bottom of the heap I will still carry the love and friendship that I have gained here. HATING PEOPLE YOU CANNOT TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO!!! To me whats important here is being a good friend and someone you can count on to other people. The thing that gives me the most pleasure in the world of CherryTAP is helping someone else and making them smile as people come to help them level. You all give me so much joy and I want each of you to know how very much you mean to me and that is more important than anything. I want to thank all of ya again for being the greatest bunch of friends a girl could have. And please dont be strangers....stop by say hi and always remember I'm here if ya need me for just someone to talk to, a laugh, to level up or whatever I can help with. I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!! Chrissy
Each player of this game starts with 6 weird things or habits about themselves. People who are tagged should write a blog with their own 6 weird things or habits, and state this rule clearly. Choose 6 people to be tagged, list their names, leave them a comment and tell them they are tagged and to check your blog for details. It's fun! 1. I have a top 10 list of the questions im asked most by guys on the internet...sort of like david letterman! Ask me sometime! 2. I was valedictorian of my college class 3.92gpa 3. I drink coffee 24/7 probably 3 pots a day! Im caffeinated! 4. Cheesecake or sex? Thats a toughy! 5. I have this "weed" growing in my backyard...am not sure if it is or not?!?! So am not cutting it down! lol 6. I love cartoon network...Fav characters are Bender (kiss my shiny metal ass), Grim and Dracula, and of course Quagmire...giggety giggety...lol Im gonna tag.... 1. Katt... 2. DFWKarney...Jeff 3. Wowiezowie...Bill 4. John... 5. Dragonrider...Bryan Come on ya'll keep it goin will be fun!
For all of you out there struggling to make ends meet i want to share a website with ya that might help. Especially you single moms, or limited income folks, or even you regular folks. Its called AngelFood Ministries. Basically they have a menu every month and for $25 or so you get a huge box of assorted food thats value is roughly about $75.00. Its all good stuff and there are no income verifications or anything like that and those of you on foodstamps can use those to purchase one as well. Ive gotten a box before and can verify its all great stuff. Will post the site link below but when you get on check the menu tab and then to find a church near to you that has the program click "Host Sites" and your state and then will give you a list of local towns and churches near you. And if you have anyone you would like to sponser for a box you can do that or if you just have no money like i did they will donate you a box. Hope this helps someone! http://www.angelfoodministries.com/default.asp God Bless ya'll! Chrissy!
Ya know i go through more shit than the lord should allow on a regular basis...Incessant problem solving...in case ya didnt know i had my 2nd surgery of the year yesterday. Another 3-6 weeks of work...no sick time...no pay..no eat....What a quandry?... I have called so many agencies and people my head is spinning. Ranting and raving to my bud on here ...a local who will remain nameless. His response...shut up biotch (lol)...and lay down and rest and ill be there later today....A man of his word he showed up...carried me to the store...bought me groceries and slipped me a $20 and kissed me goodbye and said love ya girl and was off. What does this mean to me? Means YOU ARE THE DEAREST MAN IN THE WORLD TO ME TODAY! Friendship, respect, caring, giving without regard to what you gonna get in return. These qualities are rare indeed these days. Unlike some others who even jokingly have said to me "ill buy you some food but what do i get in return" this man cares about me. Even if only as his friend...who knows maybe something else...but he cares about me as a human being who is struggling, trying my damndest to make it alone and will forever be in my heart. Love ya baby...you know who you are...i wont embarrass ya...but let me just say...thanks again!
What a day ya'll but she lives and is well other than a sore posterior..hahhaah! The indignities we women go through is just so amazing. But hopefully god willing this is it for me for awhile. Thanks for your encouragement and support. Jeff ya are a godsend...ya make my ass laugh so hard it hurts...hahaha! Thank you all again. So with a lil help from Lortab will soon be hitting the hay...wonder what kind of dreams ill have....ya never know who will be in them...hahah! hugs cherries!
This is my first blog here on Lost Cherry...Ive done many on yahoo but have not had the time to talk to you all in this format here yet. I am usually as most can tell you a happy go lucky, funny, full of piss and vinegar type of gal. I raise my son alone, he is 16 and tend to the other kids my 2 dogs and cat by myself. Single motherhood is a bitch. Kudo's to the rest of you. This past year has been one trial after another...hysterectomy in May, car died, out of work for weeks with no pay. Just about the time i get going i have to have another surgery..to fix what they messed up in the first one. Life is so hard and sometimes I wonder why i keep shovelling shit against the tide to get no where. But I'll tell you why. Because im one tuff lil tornado bitch thats why. I love my son, my friends and everyone who has touched my life with every ounce and fiber of my being. This includes all of you who are so kind to me. Who listen to me, support me, listen to me rant, rave and cry and genuinely care. I havent got a damn thing that is worth anything materially. But am the wealthiest woman in the world in the number of my friends and those who love me. Tomorrow is this other surgery. Just another thing to problem solve through. Cupboards are bare, bank account overdrawn...yet...I know in my heart things are gonna change. And if i have yet more problems to solve i will still be ok. Wish me luck ya'll...gonna have a sore ass for weeks! lol but it can be payback for me being a pain in your ass with these incessant contests! hahahah! God bless! and will be out of pocket most of tomorrow....but i'll be back! love you, Chrissy
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