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Old 10-07-2006, 07:45 PM
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Hubby and I are empty nesters since 2002.And believe it or not we have enjoyed the time.I have more time for myself,crafts or just being on the computer.Though I do miss my kids since they moved out,but we do see each other as much as possible.
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Old 03-24-2007, 01:33 PM
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We have been empty nesters since 2002 , but, I guess it's not going ot last to long.My stepdaughter is going back in the Army and wer'e taking our gd to raise until sd gets out. she does not want her to go with her dad for some reason.I'm a little nervous about this cause I've never met either one.
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Old 03-24-2007, 01:43 PM
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We have been empty nesters since since 1975 and realy do enjoy it I do see some of my kids often and now I get to bowl and just have some quit time or do what ever we want.
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Old 03-25-2007, 01:17 PM
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Most of you may know, but I did have a total hip replacement last fall. I spent almost a month (3 days shy) in the hospital as I quit breathing twice. Let me tell you, you can still hear when you're unconcious! I was in CCU (critical care unit) and could hear 2 nurses giving me a 30% chance of recovery. I thought no, if God's let me hear you he'll get me better.
So, the shoulder surgery is on premanet hold! That goes for the knees too! In the meantime, I need help getting the house clean. I'm hoping this summer I can get some of my dgks to come and do the sweeping and moping, etc. that is too hard for me to do.
I never pictured myself being disabled @ 54, but arthritis has put me in this catagory. I get to do more and go more, but I have to remember my limitations. Dh has been fairly good about it for meals, ie we go out to eat 2 or 3 times a week or he cooks when I'm in pain. Exercise is a must just to be able to move at all, so those of you who are blessed enough to not have my problems, keep moving! Stretch several times a day to keep limber. Posture, sitting up straight is also important.
Empty nest are for doing what you wanted to do but couldn't with children.......... like going to Disney World lol, or maybe spoiling the grandkids....... like giving them chocolate before they go home (especially the 2 yr old!). I enjoy going to the Zoo, they have carts I can ride (for a fee) and take my grandkids all of them (even the "aquired" ones). I like taking them to the Nature Center and the museum too. These were things I couldn't do when my kids were young because we had so little money. God has blessed us and dh has had a great job for the last several years and we are able to do this now. So you know I'm enjoying it!

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Old 03-25-2007, 05:30 PM
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I sure hope you or your family spoke up to those nurses and let them kow you did hear them talking over you! So glad you are doing better!
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Old 04-04-2007, 11:03 AM
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Yes, I told them - for all the good it did. I didn't know exactly what time it was, so they thought I was imagining it.

Late night I had the sleep apneia test. Its an overnight stay in a "bedroom" hooked up to all kinds of wires. Felt like I fit in the Betty Spaghetti family lol. Had an excellent tech who explained every detail. Only part that was unpleasant was getting those probes "glued" to my head and face. They use a paste now, which easier to get out of the hair but feels icky! It doesn't hurt, just feels strange. Didn't get much sleep as thy kept coming in to change stuff, and hook me up to a breathing machine. If you quit breathing 30 times in an hour you have sleep apneia, guess I was more than 30 cuz they hooked me up to the breathing machine fairly early. They had to change the nose mask to a full face (mouth & nose) mask too. I was expecting worse, but very pleasently surprised. Best part is since they had to hookup the breathing machine for me I only have the consult w/ the Dr. and not another sleep over!

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Old 04-04-2007, 12:10 PM
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Glad it went okay for you. Do you have to have one of those large machines at home or can you use one of the smaller ones? One of my BIL used to have this huge monster machine and another has a very small machine; other than all the tubes it isn't bad he says. My SIL says it sure interupts a intimate life though! LOL
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Old 04-04-2007, 03:58 PM
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The new ones are much smaller and all self contained. There is a small foam (sponge-like) filter on one side and the "out port" for the hose to attach on the other.
My friend has had one for several years and her first one was huge compared with this one. A lot depends on wheather you get a C pap or a By pap as one needs distilled water and is a little bigger than the other.
I have a mask that covers my nose, and is really big (in my opinion), but doesn't cover my mouth. Last night they started me one a small nose mask, but decided I was breathing too much out of my mouth. So, they put a nose & mouth mask on me. Funny I don't have that problem at home with the one I don't really care for.
I'm just glad the experience wasn't as bad as I've heard some people had! Course they were at a different clinic too. lol

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I'm heading that way, one has flown the coop and one will be in gr12 in January so will see how many years he stays once he has a job.
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Bilby, just be ready for a possible "return". When we first became empty nesters it was a revolving door from time to time, but we were glad they felt comfortable enough to know when they needed to do that.
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