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#1 Clementine

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 12:55 PM

My husband got a different job and we are moving to the United Kingdom. I am really excited for the adventure. I am so grateful to be getting out of Colorado, although I will miss it deeply. I cannot wait to live at 90 degrees elevation. Much different than at 5280 and I am hoping I will feel much better.
I think for the last week I've been having an "episode" because I feel awful....
so tired that it's not fair to even call it "tired". I have a message gift card and I am too tired to the message!!!
I went to the mall for some exercise but ended up stopping at every sofa/chair I walked past to rest. UGH!!! I hate this.
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Posted 09 February 2008 - 01:12 PM

Tangelo
You sound excited, I am happy for you, hope all goes well
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Posted 09 February 2008 - 01:13 PM

Jen,
How VERY EXCITING! What a great adventure you are about to embark on. Have you ever been to the UK? I hear it's a gorgeous place and yes, much lower in altitude compared to where you are now. The altitude and cold has been awful this year!

Well I sincerely hope that things work out for you two in every way. I hope the move isn't too much of a strain on you physically. Just take your time and let everyone else do the work. A great time to learn the art of delegation. :)

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 01:53 PM

I hope everything works out for both of you - do you know what part of the UK you will be moving to?
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Posted 09 February 2008 - 05:57 PM

i also live in colorado and I am thinking of moving to nevada. I have heard lower altitude can really help is this true? I feel awful as you know you have been so nice to me. what have you heard on lower altitude? also do you know anyone else out there with interstitial cystitis that are having horrible autoimmune symtoms? also I am scared over something, my legs started really hurting lately even to walk but really really bad at night and I cannot understand why. what do you thing this could be a sign of? they seem to be getting worse really fast. thankyou so much look forward to hearing from you soon. take care. ginny

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 11:36 PM

Hi Tangelo, welcome in advance to the UK. Do you know where you are going to be living? wherever it is it will be a huge contrast to Colarado. I'm sure you will also find the British health system somewhat different - some aspects better , some worse. Perhaps you will get to meet up with some of us UK forumers- because the Uk is so small , no where is that far from anywhere else (compared to the US), For example I live in the North of England but sometimes just go to London for the day as its only just over two hours on the train. It is only a short hop to the rest of Europe either - so you will be able to explore lots of other countries. I spend quite a bit of time in Paris and it is only just over an hour flight for me - and even less if you live in the South of England.

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 12:32 AM

Hi Jen

Pleased to hear your news and I know you will have lots to sort out but it is all exciting for you and you hubby. Hope all goes well for you both.
Do you you know when you will be making the move and where to?
I live in the east of England and like Lizzie says it is such a small place you can get to lots of places very quickly.
Do keep us informed.

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 03:36 AM

Wow Tangelo, I'm very happy for you too, you seem sooooo excited!! The good news is that you can still chat with us no matter where you go!! It will be so great for you to be able to hop the train and get around Europe whenever you're up to the travels! B)
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 04:28 AM

Hello everyone.

We'll be living somewhere near Uxbridge, a suburb of London, which is where my husband's office is located.
Due to the PETS travel scheme, I will live in Arkansas for 6 months, then my husband will come back to help me, Sadie and Max with our move. I am excited, but I am also nervous. I am not too worried about healthcare really. I plan on seeing my Colorado Dr. right before I leave and I've been stable thus far, so what's another year, right?
I will be glad to get anther doctors opinion in the UK and hopefully he/she will correspond with my Denver doctors.
The thing that concerns me the most is that dogs have to travel cargo when entering the UK from the US. No options, it's cargo hold. My smallest dog is only 6lbs. I'll be traveling in October out of Houston. He's either going to be too hot or too cold. I know the airlines claim it's temperature controlled, but when it's your "kids" in tow, it's hard to not be concerned for the worst. Sedation is not an option...it's not safe...so they are going to be so uncomfortable on the 12 hr. flight. If anyone has any experience with pets in cargo hold, please PM me.

Ginny, I don't know how long you've been ill, what meds you are on, etc. but I do know a lot of us have muscle fatigue. Actually, I do sometimes too, and I don't have skin involvement. I still want to talk to you about your care in Denver. I looked up the doctors at NJ hospital and I think I know which one you saw. She is new to her profession, but she does have great mentors. If you want a friend in Denver to talk to, just message me and I'm all yours.

Lizzie, does that mean I can meet you in Paris for the day!!!!?? I've been to France once but flew into Nice, never made it to Paris. Duh, who goes to France and doesn't see Paris?? ME.

Jensue, we should find out more about where we'll be living once we talk to the relocation team. For the convenience of my hubby, I want to live close to his office, which is the tech area. I am hoping to find a house with a fenced yard.

I've been reading up on social customs in the UK so that I don't make a total arse of myself!!! The tube sounds so simple.

If any of you all recommend a Dr. in London, please let me know which one.

Thanks and wish me luck. I am going to be a freak show for the next 6 months.

Tangelo

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 04:52 AM

Wow that is going to be aways, my neice is living there in lakenhearth or something like that. She just had a baby. Well good luck and take some pictures and put them on myspace. When will you be leaving?

One thingIi had noticed, I live in Ohio and when I moved to southern California I still had the same amount of raynauds attack. Then I started having lots of sinus problems as before I didn't. Oh well good luck!!!
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Posted 10 February 2008 - 06:18 AM

Hi again Tangelo

Would be glad to show you the sights of Paris- You can get the Eurostar train direct from central London to Paris!
Re doctors - the system is a bit different here - you can't contact a consultant rheumatologist directly - you have to be referred via your general practitioner (primary care) provider and they decide in consultation with you who to refer you to which is usually someone at a hospital in the same area. You often don't get a lot of choice in the matter. However I think that as you have sclero you would be able to ask them to refer to the Royal Free in London ( Profs Carol Black , Christopher Denton and the team) , which is THE place for Scleroderma in the UK and probably one of the top centres in the world. I think they see patients from all over the UK - I know people here in the North who have been sent by local rheumatologist for consultaton there. I think you may find some aspects of treatment different to the US - e.g fairly routine use of iloprost infusions for raynauds. The first step when you get to the UK is to register with a local General Practitioner who will then sort the referral for you. We do have a private health sector as well - but even then you need to be referred by your general practitioner. I have health insurance through my husbands business and so can have private healthcare but although the rheumatologist I see does see private patients, but he told me that if have sclero is much better to see him within the NHS system - has a full team of doctors /physios/OTs and nurses with specialist knowledge which wouldn't get in the private sector.

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 07:23 AM

Congrats!

That sounds so exciting! I for one could never do it because I absolutely hate change. We are looking for a new house in the same town and I am dreading that move!!! Please keep us posted on your journey. I will live viacriously through you. :)

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#13 Clementine

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 08:03 AM

Lizzie,
That information was a big help. I am sure I'll have more questions. I will have private insurance too.
Lisa, I hate big changes too. I need structure, security, etc.
I don't think I am as excited as one may think, I am just trying to see the bright side of things. I see it as
a great opportunity for wonderful experiences. Meeting interesting people and experiencing different cultures. At the same time, I would be so happy just living in my hometown near my grandma that is 94. We'll see. Things usually end up working out.
xxoo,
Jen

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 02:17 PM

Wow Jen!

Sounds like you are in for an adventure. I'm with Lisa, I'm not good with change either but I like to live out my adventures through others. Maybe if I was healthy and the kids were grown, I'd be up for a grand travel adventure.

You take care - don't stress too much about all the "stuff". Sounds like you have a great attitude (as always) about the change.

Love you, always thinking of you,
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Posted 10 February 2008 - 02:26 PM

Hi Jen, How exciting for you to be moving to Britain! Just a thought re your dogs. I wonder if you flew to Holland or France and then travelled by car, would you still have to put the dogs in quarentine? I know the little one can go under your seat in a carrier if you flew with Lufthansa. Your larger dog would still have to go down below tho. Sorry, I can't think of any other option for you but if you Google it there is lots of advice online about flying with your dogs.
Take care,
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Posted 10 February 2008 - 04:27 PM

Hi Jennifer,

So, Britain, huh? Wow! I can certainly understand your apprehension as well as your excitement. I'm glad your husband will be able to get back to help you and your "babies" make the move. Once there, he will also be familiar with things which I think will help you. This is quite the opportunity......hang in there. I think you'll do a lot better than you think getting ready for the move and also once there.

xoxo emmie

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 05:34 PM

Piper...
The dog thing has been the most stressful thing. To enter the UK from US, dogs do not have to be quarantine if they go via the PET travel scheme. I'll have to do a series of things such as iso standard microchip, rabies again, rabies titer, and wait in US for six months, then take the dogs over. THEN, they are only allowed to fly in the cargo hold, not in the cabin, even if they are small. Believe me, I've called and researched for one week straight now, and there are no exceptions to this. Can you imagine a 6lb and 12lb dog down in the cargo where it is cold, dark and loud?? No way. Today we had to get creative. Now, we may be going on the Queen Mary 2 from New York. It arrives in Southampton. It is a 6 day trip to UK and the dogs are allowed on the "pet deck". We are allowed visitation for about 6 hours through out the day and they are also walked by a kennel master. It is still not ideal, but it is much better than trapping a dog in cargo for a ten hour or more flight. The problem with this is that we have to drive from Arkansas to New York (19 hours approx) then find a vet that can do a tick and worm test which is another requirement that can only be done 48 hours to departure. Now that you all have had your vet lesson for the day....and how does this relate to sclero? Because my dogs are definitely therapy dogs. They've been my salvation.
Thanks everyone for the best wishes. It's so stressful. Today I sold my car and it's becoming very real.
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Posted 11 February 2008 - 05:01 AM

Hi Jen~

Wow that is exciting news. I'm excited for you and your family. And to think that I was worrying about moving to N.C. from Ca. What a great adventure your in store for. I wish you all the best in your move. I'm sure your babies will do just fine just as long as they have their mommy close by.
Take care and stay warm,

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 09:24 AM

Oh my Jen,

Sounds like you have been very busy with research since our last email. Things seem to be falling in place a bit. I'm here for ya!
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Posted 17 February 2008 - 06:03 AM

Hi Jen ,

First, congratulations on the upcoming job for your dear husband and glad you are eager about the move.

As for the dogs, my dear husband was offered a job 20 years ago in England and I wouldn't move over there because our dog and cats would have had to be quarantined in cages for 6 months. No way would I do that to my pets. Glad to hear the rules have changed.

As for flying with pets, we took 2 cats and a dog from Pa to Ca. They had to be below in cargo and it was April. Anyways, we gave them the sedative in Pittsburgh expecting the 4 1/2 hr flight to LA. Well.....lets just say it was a day!! It took us 12 hrs from Pittsburgh to LA that day because it was the first day of the Rodney King riots. When we finally got to LA 3 hrs late, the plane flew right over it and we had to go to San Franscico because they were shooting at aircraft coming into LA and we had to wait till the winds shifted at night so we could fly in over the ocean. We were so close to the ground that you could see all the fires burning. When we got to SF....I was schizo and demanded to see my pets....they had already been 8 hrs below. All in all, we finally got to our new home and the pets did survive and were not as traumatized as *Mom* was. Fortunately, pets do not dwell on past experiences like people do.

Take care, Everyone.
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