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Old 01-27-2008, 10:27 PM   #1
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PRAY FOR ME!!!

Wow... life sure can throw a mean left hook sometimes....Me getting a 5th gen Is looking more and more unlikely. I got shafted at my last command and the transfered me up here to WA dispite the fact Ive got a career ending spinal injury because they didnt wanna deal with it. So Im paying a mortgage for a house in GA, and staying with my inlaws. Unfortunately my father-in-law is a POS...My mother in law dosent speak good english, and she gives him the money for all the bills and mortgage. too bad for us he hasnt payed the bills in three months, because he'd rather pay his GF's bills. So we helped pay the past due bills and mortgage, and now he's kicking us out because we are helping his wife understand whats going on with the money. So now Ive just paid a deposit on an apartment and trying to figure out how to pay my mortgage, and rent...etc. Then the Navy says congrats your getting medically seperated
WTF what the hell did I doo in my past life? Man am I paying for it now! needless to say my savings are depleted, And I put 500 miles on my 4th gen a week. My tools have been stolen, and I need a new power steering pump, and hoses, my shocks/struts have 150K miles on them, and its time to do most of my schedueled maint. with now where or the tools to do it...so there goes my tax return.


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Old 01-27-2008, 10:40 PM   #2
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Damn bro, looks like I'm not the only one with some rl problems. Hope everything turns out well in the end. Get rockband or lemme know what you wanna race at pro street and I'll hop on xbl if you have internet there.
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Old 01-27-2008, 11:14 PM   #3
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bro Im feeling it now! just 2 months ago, I was getting ready to start school at the art institute of seattle. and now Ive gotta do a career change, and with my injury I cant go into a technical field, and thats all Im trained for. now Im hoping that the VA and Navy dosent shaft me on my disability. If I can manage to get 100% things will be hella tight but we'd make it. Ill catch you online bro...thats if I can get the net!
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Old 01-28-2008, 02:52 AM   #4
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Tough time, man. I'm sorry to hear it. Things will get better, though....it'll just take some time.

I remember when I had nothing....about $20 to my name. My friends mom started giving me food from her pantry to help out (bread and macaroni and cheese). It was tough....in debt up to my ears....a truck that constantly broke down. It wasn't fun bumming food from my friends mom. And now? House, two cars, two kiddos, ...it'll get better.
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Old 01-28-2008, 12:13 PM   #5
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Tford,

As far as the VA and Navy is concerned, my wife and i went through a similar situation that was gratefully resolved. In the beginning of the process (about a month before she got out) We weren't sure how it was gonna play out. The good news is the VA stepped up and fixed a lot of what the Navy couldn't. We will definitely keep you in our prayers. If you have any questions on how the process worked for us let me know.

I'm a big Fan of the Navy/military as it did a lot for my wife and I. But your situation is unfortunately an example of how they can be horribly wrong. Hopefully your GI bill will help with getting your education back on track.

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Old 01-28-2008, 02:24 PM   #6
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Wow, life always beats us up in a series of events like you stated. I've been looking for work for 3 months, applied for 50 jobs and have not even had an interview which is very disappointing and depressing. We sold our home trying to buy a new one, but the payment would've been to high (long story) so I have no job and no home right now.

BUT, things can ALWAYS be worse so try to stay focused on that fact before you get to down.

With that said, I'm Christian and my hope lies with CHRIST so I will always have...HOPE. So, I'm going to make sure and pray for you and your family during this hard time. Sorry...we all go through them.
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Old 01-28-2008, 02:25 PM   #7
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Sorry to hear it, bro....

It will get better, though; it always does - that's how it works. - just can't say when. Feel free to rant/vent all you'd like in this thread...God know we all need some sort of outlet.
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Old 01-28-2008, 06:08 PM   #8
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I really appreciate it everyone...gotta keep my head up.

Gtahvit Im happy that the VA took care of you. Ive heard a lot of good things about the VA...and a few not so good but Im praying that they take care of me. Id rather get fixed, and finish out may career but with my injury its out of the question. Im a Submariner, and unfortunately we tend to fall through the cracks because its such a small community. Besides that I have no major gripes...If I could do it all again I would, but try not to get hurt.

Cubanaso Ill be sure to keep you and yours in my prayers. Im very worried about finding employment post navy. Im a nuclear weapons technican, but I cant even lift my arm above shoulder level. So that kinda excludes all the technical jobs I qualified for. So this transition should be at the very least interesting.
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Old 01-28-2008, 06:26 PM   #9
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Well I still don't have a job so it'll be a while after getting a job before I can even start saving up for the Camaro what with all the money I owe my parents.
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Old 01-28-2008, 07:07 PM   #10
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Cubanaso Ill be sure to keep you and yours in my prayers. Im very worried about finding employment post navy. Im a nuclear weapons technican, but I cant even lift my arm above shoulder level. So that kinda excludes all the technical jobs I qualified for. So this transition should be at the very least interesting.
Dang, can surgery fix that or is this something you have to deal with? If anything, the world of consulting is pretty big so I wonder if you can use your knowledge in that fashion?

Maybe Iran or North Korea needs...LOL!!!!! Just kidding!!!!!Just trying to get a smile out of ya...lol.

Anyway, thanks for the prayers and I'll keep you and yours in mine also. It's rough...this life, but as many have said it's just stuff we all have to deal with at one point or another in this life.

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Old 01-28-2008, 08:01 PM   #11
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Maybe Iran or North Korea needs...LOL!!!!! Just kidding!!!!!Just trying to get a smile out of ya...lol.


I wish they could fix it. My C-5 nerve root got partially torn from my spinal cord (think they called it a root avulsion) and I ruptured my brachial plexus. Its here to stay
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Old 01-28-2008, 10:19 PM   #12
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^OUCH MAN!!!!!!!

How did that happen? Well my friend...my continual prayers are headed upstairs for you and yours.
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Old 01-30-2008, 05:18 PM   #13
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wow when it rains it pours....I just got diagnosed with RSD by my neurologist. If anyone has any experience with it feel free to share!
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Old 01-30-2008, 05:50 PM   #14
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Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), is a chronic, painful, and progressive neurological condition that affects skin, muscles, joints, and bones. The syndrome usually develops in an injured limb, such as a broken leg, or following surgery. However, many cases of RSD involve only a minor injury, such as a sprain. And in some cases, no precipitating event can be identified.

Pain may begin in one area or limb and then spread to other limbs. RSD/CRPS is characterized by various degrees of burning pain, excessive sweating, swelling, and sensitivity to touch. Symptoms of RSD/CRPS may recede for years and then reappear with a new injury.
D@mn, man. That's horrible news. I was looking for a cure and it looks like this is something that could be long term. This is what I found, but I hope something can be worked out for you. Did this happen on the job?

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Because currently there is no cure for RSD, the goals of treatment include: 1) controlling and minimizing pain to the greatest extent possible; 2) restoring function to the RSD-affected limb; 3) preventing progression of the disease process to the late stage; and 4) improving the patient's quality of life and psycholocial functioning.

The MediFocus Guidebook on Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy will inform you about the signs and symptoms of RSD, the treatment options including drug therapy, sympathetic nerve blocks, chemical and surgical sympathectomy, physical therapy, and other methods used for controlling pain and improving quality of life. You will also learn about new, experimental treatments that are currently under investigation that may be effective for the management of RSD.
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If or when, as the case may be, you move to the VA, you should totally qualify for vocational rehab. Which has a huge benefit for disabled veterans. I'm sure your VA case worker will bring it up. If not you should be all over them. Again, if you have any questions on how the VA worked with us PM me and we'll give you the scoop. I'm sure you have plenty to deal with while you're still wearing the uniform. But when the time comes, we'll be around.
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Old 01-30-2008, 06:28 PM   #16
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Wow buddy, this...I didn't want to hear...like if you aint dealing with enough. Just remember, your mind is the first battle ground and it effects how your body responds to illness and even medication so win that fight and the rest will go much better.

I'm not saying think positive for positive sake (that does nothing), I just mean don't get down and stay down because your body will follow.

I know the LORD can do all so I will lift you up to him.

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Old 01-31-2008, 01:02 AM   #17
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TAG/CUBANASO...I had a 7 ft fall during a partol 4 1/2 years ago on a submarine. we took a sudden sharp angle while I was climbing down a latter. I lost my grip fell and landing almost vertically on my shoulderblade. I heard two pops and had the worst pain, I also lost total function of my arm. since then there is a crazy burning sensation in my back, a constant shooting pain from between my shoulder blades to my right hand, weakness in grip in my right hand, loss of sensation/numbness in my right hand/arm. My right shoulderblade is super sensative, without an undershirt a wool sweater feels like scrubbing steel wool on my back. The same area also gets red and swells, and my hand swells. and there is a stabbing pain between my shoulder blades at the apex of every breath. at least once a month something happens that flares up what evers wrong back there. when that happens I cant use my arm and the pain is unbareable. once I had to go to the ER and they gave me a shot of morphine, vicodin, and vallium and the pain was so bad the meds didnt even get me drowsy!

gtahvit Ill definately be getting that info from you. But I searched the VA disability rating charts, and they dont have a rating for RSD???

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Dang, man. That sounds horrible. Luckily, you were on patrol. I think they should take care of you at least, no?
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TFord, yeah if that happened while on duty there is NO WAY they should drag their feet on this. Just picturing the fall brings pain to mind so you must really be going through it buddy.

Keep us updated and I'll keep praying.
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Old 02-04-2008, 02:31 PM   #21
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T-Ford, Man I wish I could help you out. I do have a few sugestions. I was diagnosed with a disease that they say will criple me eventually but because there are less then 500 people diagnosed with it in the world they are not looking for a cure. Pain management is something I have become very good at. Look on the internet @www.mannatech.com. Start taking the ambrotose powder 2 heaping teaspoons a day. This stuff saved my life 8 years ago. I was so sick when I started taking it that it took about 3 months for me to really feel like I was almost back to normal. It is also not covered by insurance. I take a lot of antioxidants also. The more pain your body feels the more toxins build and make it worse. Good luck. I hope you can try it for a few months. BTW They figured I would be using a cane by now and I'm not even close!
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Old 02-05-2008, 01:22 AM   #22
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I really appreciate the info Georgianne. Ill be checking that site out soon! Good luck to you too.
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Old 02-22-2008, 02:39 PM   #23
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well as of today my doctors have started me on narcotic therapy. I have to orally take morphine twice daily for 6 months, along with getting nerve blocks in my neck to get my pain down to a level so that it can be managed by other medications. not to happy about being perpetually doped up, wish me luck:(
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Good luck, my friend. I sure hope the best for you.
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