2004 was bad enough, but 2005 is not starting much better

Discussion in 'Community' started by Chip NoVaMac, Jan 25, 2005.

  1. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Well for the family of MR members that I have shared so much with last year (my partners emergency surgery, and his job layoff) and this year with my job being downsized (back to the retail floor). Got another blow today.

    Just got back from the ER. This time it was me. Started off with a fright, of thinking that I was having a stroke. Was going numb on the left side of my face. Fortunately it wasn't a stroke; but diagnosed with Bell's Palsy (http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/bells/bells.htm). I am to call a specialist later this morning for future test.

    But boy was it a scare. The name sounds scary, but from the limited stuff I have read, not that bad all things considered. Just happy that I passed the 5 year mark at the job, so that I have 3 weeks vacation this year.

    The hardest part is trying to eat or drink. When I drink t looks like someone slipped me one of that dribble cups. :) And with the eye patch and my shaved head, I am ready for the next James Bond film (just need to get one of those cool black ones). :)
  2. acceber macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    Brave soul, admirable of you to keep smiling. :) Experiences like these make your life all the more valuable, as I have learnt from a friend who has been through the worst of the worst in the last year.

    I shaved my head when I was 16 to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation and it was amazing, I would do it again even though my dad and anybody around his age wouldn't look at me in the eye for a while. I played street hockey a few weeks after I shaved it and somebody whacked me above the eye with their stick whilst going in for a swing, so I had a patch on for a while too. Lol.

    Hang in there, Chip. :)
  3. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    good luck its great that you have a good attitude about these things!!! hope to see you in the forums all this year ;D
  4. Chip NoVaMac thread starter macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Well right now it is a half of a smile, more like a sneer I am told.

    Yep, what doesn't kill you will only make you stronger.

    Funny thing is that looking at the NIH website, I am one of only about 40,000 people a year diagnosed. Just my luck for this and not winning the Powerball lotto.

    Thanks for the kind words.
  5. Chip NoVaMac thread starter macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Well, made it through the first day. I feel as I have about 50% more facial muscle strength back already.

    I lucked out and the specialist is able to see me on Friday morning.

    I know have an "official" James Bond "evil-doer" black eye patch. And my sneer is now looking more like a snicker. So there goes my hopes of a film career. :)
  6. Deefuzz macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    sorry to hear of your misfortune, but your attitude and outlook seem quite positive and inspiring.

    I wish you much luck throughout the year, hopefully things will improve :)
  7. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Chip, I'm very sorry to hear about your condition - just saw the thread. FWIW, my manager had it last fall and was 90% improved in a very short time and is completely recovered now. I wish you the best!
  8. stubeeef macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2004
    Chip, very sorry for this, as you said, what doesn't kill ya makes you stronger. I have a friend who as a pilot had this condition, got quick attention and all is well now-as difficult as flight physicals can be-he has no problem, hope the same for you!
  9. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    I'm sorry to hear about your condition.
    I'm also very impressed how you handles it!
    Stay strong and I hope we'll have the pleasure of having your company here at MR for a long time. :)
  10. makisushi macrumors 6502

    Jul 15, 2004
    Northern VA
    Man Chip,

    Life keeps on throwing you curve balls,

    Keep up the good attitude, let me know if you need anything...I am just down the block from you!
  11. zelmo macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2004
    Mac since 7.5
    Just saw this thread. Sorry to hear about your issue, but it sounds like things are getting better and, if the few reports on this thread are any indication, you can expect to make a virtually complete recovery in the near future. It sure seems like life is beating on you lately, but keep up the attitude and things will get better.
    You and MacDawg are an inspiration, not to mention the way jsw handled his own recent personal challenge.

    You know, this is really a great community here at MR. You guys and gals are the best.
  12. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc
    ditto! old neighbor had it cleared up in a little less than a year. best wishes!
  13. Chip NoVaMac thread starter macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Thanks makisushi and powermac666, I definitely wasn't trying to make it seem that my life is headed down hill. For any day one can wake up with a roof over their head, food on the table, clothes on their back, and a job that allows for those basics - then life is pretty good. Like I had said, it could have been worse (a stroke). It just scary to hear the word "palsy" mentioned. Sort of like when the word cancer is used.

    With the downgrade in my job, it has been fun getting back to talking with people everyday. And my old regular customers are happy to see me back. With Teddy and his job search, he is getting some good interviews; but it seems that age (he is over 40) and his past salary is getting in the way of the offers. It has been 9 months of searching, with him working temp here and there. But with some in our area being without any meaningful work for a year half or better - we are doing well then.

    I guess some of us (like 'Dawg and myself) see MR as a bit of family on the net. Some of share our personal side, maybe to educate and put some things in to perspective.

    Sometimes the curveballs are good. For my medical scare, I am now making some lifestyle changes to make sure that I don't end up with a stroke. When Teddy had his surgery, it gave us pause that life is too fleeting; and gave us the ability to enjoy each day that we have together even more. For we never know what the future holds. I guess in some ways we are coming out of our ideals of our 20's and 30's that we were going to live forever.

    The belt tighetning with the jobs for both of us has been good also. Sure I am lusting in my heart for the mac mini, but that will come when it is possible - not before. Grocery shopping for us is now a sport that we enjoy together. The local Giant puts out meats and chicken with coupons and Bonus Card savings. Last year we got fresh polish sausage for 29 cents a pound! :D We ended up buying all 14 pounds they had! You would be surprised at how many ways you can cook the stuff when you are looking 14 pounds of it. :)

    I have to say that I owe a lot to my parents for my outlook on life. Between the Church and God, and the fact that my parents never let my sister and I forget that they grew up in the Depression - I have to say that I have it pretty easy compared to when they were growing up and raising us. How they managed during the 70's with inflation and all is now just hitting me.

    Thanks to all for the warm wishes. And I apologize for all the posts I have been making over the past couple days. Rather do that than be in front of the TV. And where better to be than on MR with all this Mac mini and rumors about the new PB's? :)

    OT: powermac666, about JSW - I wanted to reach through the monitor to bitch slap him but good for the tease. :) Though the thread has become a good read.
  14. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    posting as frequently as i (we) do, starting to "recognize" the prominent posters...

    take care of yourself... i'm wishing you a speedy and complete recovery.
  15. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    Best of luck, Chip, and whatever you do, keep posting - and keep us posted. ;)

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