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#1 annkd

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Posted 29 October 2008 - 05:42 AM

Hi All - Two weeks ago I fell down the stairs. I had been carrying way to much "stuff" and I was going too quickly and .....down I went. I cracked my breast bone, broke two toes, sprained both ankles and I'm bruised all over. The pain is intense. Try breathing with a cracked breast bone! So, the kicker is that when I get reflux (which is everyday) the pain in that area simply sends me into another world. The pain meds only help so much. The Nexium and all the other meds work marginally. SO, with all this going on I am still trying to find my sense of humor - like reading humorous books, comedies on TV. Does anyone have any other suggestions (even books that might be a good read - or a movie that might take my mind off this mess)? AND Barbs - maybe another blog or two! Thanks in advance. -Ann

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Posted 29 October 2008 - 07:37 AM

Ouch! Doesn't it hurt when you laugh?

I am so sorry you find yourself in this pickle, but at least you are keeping a positive outlook. I don't have any particular suggestions, but good luck on your search. Sometimes when I want to lose myself in something I listen to my mp3 player with headphones. Do you have some good music?
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Posted 29 October 2008 - 07:38 AM

Ann, I can't believe that happen to you. I am sorry your in so much pain. I couldn't even imagine. I just watch comdies when I need to. as for reading I really can't help you in that. Hopefully some one will soon, take care and try to rest as much as psossible. Sam
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Posted 29 October 2008 - 08:11 AM

Ann,

I am so sorry that your in such pain. I hope it gets better soon! :) I ahave not seen many funny movies lately. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas was cute. Books by Janet Evanovich are fast fun reads. She has quite a few out and I love her writting. In keeping with the season, you could watch a bunch of scary movies too. :unsure:

I hope you heal fast and it is great that you are trying to keep upbeat!!
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Posted 29 October 2008 - 08:53 AM

oh anne , you poor girl , the pain with each breath must be awful , its good that your trying to keep up with your sense of humor but to watch a comedy could be disasterous ,imagine how much it will hurt if it makes you laugh !!!! hope you get better real soon hugs georgette

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Posted 29 October 2008 - 12:13 PM

Ouch is right Ann! You poor thing, pain, bruised and your bones battered to boot! No wonder you hurt so much! I don't have any suggestions either...but I also thought laughing might add to your pain but I definitely give you kuddos for trying!! I just hope you heal soon!! The relaxing music sounds less painful to me too. :)
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 29 October 2008 - 01:09 PM

Oh, my.........OUCH!!! And you want to laugh?!?!? I will keep you in my thoughts each day. To be perfectly honest, though, it sounds like a *move* that I would make myself!!!

Take care, Everyone.
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Posted 29 October 2008 - 04:11 PM

Ann,

Sorry for your horrible mishap. I agree with the others and music sounds like a better plan for now. Let me know when you can laugh without pain. Try calm, healing music.

With gentle thoughts.

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Posted 29 October 2008 - 04:41 PM

What a wonderful group you are. I love the Evanovich books and have read them all (does that tell you something...there are a ton of her books). I found out today that I have the MRSA (staff infection) from a wound that started out from the scrape from the carpeting and due to my hospital exams....I got a staff infection. Can you believe this? My Dr. was so apologetic. In my mind, too bad. Not OK.!! I go to get help and whamo, I get sicker. Now I am on a powerful antibiotic and told be careful....like...to whom? I typed out a list of questions and sent them off to my Dr. Gee Whiz! What more can go wrong. Ooops! Forget I said that. Humor right? I feel really ill and not in a great frame of mind. Off to bed I go. thanks all. -Ann

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Posted 29 October 2008 - 07:23 PM

Hi Ann,
I don't post often but have been around for quite awhile and do try to keep up with everyone. Your posts here are waaay too much! It is very ok to say "What more can go wrong?" Give yourself a bit of time there and then move on. But it sounds like you already know that.

As for my "tips", I find the type of books that have the crazy things children do or say type thing always cheer me up. If any of the meds you are on make you sleepy, magazines might be a good bet since you can read an article and not worry about missing a key part of the plot.

Two other things that I find very helpful are writing about the situation--all the stinky details of it and all of the ugly, self pitying feelings it brings out in me. The last thing that totally takes me away is coloring in a coloring book. It's especially fun if I have brand new crayons and coloring book of my very own!

I hope you heal quickly. It does stink that you got MRSA of top of it all. Take it easy and stay rested so your energy is there helping you heal.

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Posted 30 October 2008 - 03:32 AM

Hi Ann,

Good grief!!! I would say you're due for some 'good' things to happen. I hope all of the suggestions you've been given help. I especially like the writing suggestion Emmie gave. I do that every night. It helps relieve alot of emotions.

Please take care and I hope things improve for you soon.

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Posted 30 October 2008 - 05:35 PM

Oh Ann,

I don't know what to say except sorry for that too. Drink plenty of fluids. That is all just terrible.

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Posted 31 October 2008 - 06:44 AM

Oh Ann,
What a horror! I fell down a flight of stairs at school last year, nothing was broken but I felt like I was hit by a truck for quite a while. I completely empathize.

I like to listen to meditation CD's. I have quite a few, that are specifically for healing. I'm reading a good book right now by Clyde Edgerton that's easy and light. You might try some Jim Carrey or Steve Martin, that one where he visits NY with Goldie Hawn...The Out of Towners I think...funny! I know there are hundreds of movies, but it must hurt to laugh?! Even though as they say it is the best medicine.

Best of luck, jeeze like we don't have enough troubles already
Karen

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Posted 31 October 2008 - 08:14 AM

Hi Karen - thanks for those great ideas. Even though it hurts to laugh, it sure beats how bad it hurts when I cry! Between my movies and books, I am hanging in there. Thanks again. -Ann

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Posted 01 November 2008 - 05:16 AM

Oh, Ann
You have a great sense of humor and I really admire your great attitude. I like the Nora Roberts books but I'm a big fan of happy endings. I also like Suzanne Brockmann books. It's light reading that keeps me out of trouble.
Just lie back and take care of yourself, especially with MIRSA.
Sending you smiles and sunny days...
From the other Ann -
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Posted 02 November 2008 - 07:33 PM

Hi Ann,
I have not posted in a while, but reading your post made me feel like you just must not know where the next hit is coming from! It is almost like a bad sitcom plot! You have certainly had more than your share. But I must say that I like your style, asking for stuff to make you laugh! I have lots of movie recommendations. As for books - I read things that are rarely humorous so I cannot offer suggestions. I do have lots of movies to recommend. So here they are:

For oldies: Marx brothers movies - the stateroom scene on the cruise is a classic and all those horrible things they did to Margaret Dumont were hysterical.
My Favorite Year with Peter O'Toole as a drunk and fading actor was very funny
Shakespeare in Love -Romantic and Funny
Austin Powers - the first one, the others lose it
Blazing Saddles and some of the other Mel Brooks movies depending on how scatological your sense of humor
Clueless - it is really Emma California style but cute and winsome
Dirty Dancing - not funny, but fun to watch and the dancing makes you smile
Fish Called Wanda
Full Monty
Grease
Princess Bride
South Park Movie - again depending on your taste, but it was funny
any Disney animated movie is cute and Happy Feet was precious. There are also some that are fun to watch, not necessarily funny like Lord of the Rings, any movie based on a show like South Pacific, etc. They will keep you interested and can be upbeat and fun.

I wish you a speedy recovery and hope that since you have had your share that you all get oly good karma from now on!
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Posted 03 November 2008 - 08:04 AM

Ann,

I like watching old black and white sitcoms, like I love Lucy, 3 Stooges, Laurel and Hardy or Shirley Temple movies.

I like the 60's and 70's sitcoms, Three's Company, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Bewitched, Jennie
I love all the Vacation movies with Chevy Chase, especially the first one, very funny!
My favorite holiday movie is A Holiday Story.

For fun I like watching my collection of Disney animated videos and Disney movies. The comment about coloring with crayons is great because I also like doing that. It takes me back to my younger carefree life. When I used to watch my 4 year old niece, Olivia, we would cuddle up on the couch, pop in a video and watch it until one of us fell asleep, it was usually her. Or, I would watch her color and sneak in a little coloring myself. :)

Hope you're feeling better and don't LAUGH too hard!


Gentle hugs,
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Posted 04 November 2008 - 03:35 AM

Ann, I'm so sorry you've lost your sense of humor. I've been trying to help you find it, looking high and low.

So far, I've cleaned out three closets, 14 junk drawers, and our storage room. We have looked under our couch cushions, where we found $1.13, my crochet hook, 2 mismatched socks, and some popcorn.

I'm really worried your sense of humor might have been stuffed away in the trunk of our car, along with some holiday presents we still haven't delivered since last year (rendering our trunk entirely useless).

I'm getting worn down by all this <kerchew!> cleaning and worry. Have you found your Sense of Humor yet, or do we all have to keep looking for it? If so, where should we look next?
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Posted 04 November 2008 - 01:13 PM

Sorry for you predicament Ann, you sure have been given some great suggestions.

Smurfette I love Grease, I want to see it now!!! as my day has been awful.

Razz I loved Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley and Bewitched. National Lampoons anything!

I also loved Mork and Mindy, well until it got really weird and they had a grown up baby. Planes Trains and Automobilies is a classic and what about Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Steve Martin's funniest turn ever!

Shelley-you funny lady.

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 09:46 AM

Hey Shelley - Thanks for the good laugh! And, yup, it hurt but it was worth it. Also, thanks everyone for all the great ideas. I have memorized the good tv shows channels (I've gotten into "The Golden Girls"). I think I may be doing damage to my eyes from all the reading and tv viewing (now wouldn't that just be a kicker!!). Just joking....I think. Thanks again everyone. You are the best! -Hugs, Ann