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    Death of a dog
    maggiethedoglover posted:
    Hello FM family,

    I'm sorry to say that I haven't posted for about 4 years . I'm still struggling with Fibromyalgia. i tried to stop my Lyrica cold turkey but that lasted only a week. I am now trying to reduce the mg's in my Lyrica capsules. I am down to 75 mg 3 or 4 times/day but I hurt all over almost every day. It's been about a month or so now.

    MiMi, I am retired and on medicare. I have a medicare advantage plan called Humana Gold. So far, I haven't renewed my Lyrica as I've been living off leftovers. I plan to call Walgreens next week to ask them what it would cost to get it filled. I don't understand the donut hole or much of anything. I know that with Advantage plans, you pay little or nothing each month but there are copays for everything. My doctor...$15. A specialist...$45. Physical therapy...$165 per visit....etc. Surgery is probably through the roof. Regular Medicare Supplemental plans have higher monthly fees....over $100 to over $200, but you pay less for everything else.

    The good news is that you can switch every year, if you need surgery, you might be able to put it off until next year and choose a plan that covers it in October during open enrollment.

    I have a friend who recently lost her 14 year old dog. Her husband died about 190 years ago and she and that dog were as close as can be. When my dog, Samson, passed about 4 and a half years ago, someone kindly sent me a poem about a bridge to heaven and our beloved pets waiting for us. I lost that poem. It certainly helped me at the time. If anyone knows what I am talking about and has a copy they can send me, PLEASE let me know. Thanks so much.

    Soft hugs to all of you at this site and especially to folks like MiMi, who keep it going.



    Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats - Voltaire
    dollbug responded:
    Thank you Maggie for responding and welcome back. I do appreciate any info that I can get. Right now I am just trying to research all of this so that hopefully DH and I can figure out the best thing to do. It is all kind of overwhelming. Get older stinks but there is not much we can do about it, is it?

    Here is a link....I do not know IF what you are looking for is in this one or not but I wanted to share this with you.

    Losing a family pet can be so difficult on people....especially if it has been a part of the family for a long time. I know as we have been there, done that. I lost my furbaby the same time that I also lost a close family member as well. It takes some time to get over losing those we love....both family members and pets as well.

    I hope you will feel better soon. Take care.

    PRAY FOR PEACE and leave the rest to GOD....MAY GOD BLESS AND GUIDE AMERICA....

    maggiethedoglover replied to dollbug's response:
    Thanks MiMi,

    You have always been an inspiration to me. May I ask if you started off using prescription drugs and later got off of them somehow? I really regret my reliance on Lyrica and Tramadol.

    Thanks so much for the link. Haven't had a chance to look at it yet but I have a suspicion it's the right one.

    You are so special. I'll let you know what, if anything, I find out about medicare.


    Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats - Voltaire
    dollbug replied to maggiethedoglover's response:
    Hello Maggie and thanks for the kind words. All of you have been important to me. I think it is good when people can relate to how others are feeling. I have learned so much here and I do hope I have provided *something* that has helped others as well. I think it is important to share what a person has found that has made a difference for them. Of course we all know that what works for one person may or may not help someone else. All we can do is to try things and hope for the best.

    As for the beginning I tried different kinds of medicines. My doctor insisted that I was *just depressed*.....I do NOT think I have ever been depressed though and neither does my DD. So with this being said....I never took anything which really made any difference in the way I felt. After I found that I had a bad parathyroid I decided that it was time for me to quite trying medicines and figure out what might help me with the vitamins and supplements. I was surprised too that my Vitamin D was almost *non existence* as well. My doctor did NOT point out just how low or how important Vitamin D was for people. I then decided it was time for me to do my own research - (that's what we have been blessed with the internet for, isn't is?) I have learned a lot in using the internet....which can be a good thing when used like it should be.

    Again thanks for your kind words. I am glad that we all can share things with one another.

    Take care.

    PRAY FOR PEACE and leave the rest to GOD....MAY GOD BLESS AND GUIDE AMERICA....

    maggiethedoglover replied to dollbug's response:

    I found "The Rainbow Bridge" using that link you sent me. It was the exact poem someone (maybe you) sent me when my sweetheart, Sampson, died. I forwarded it to my friend. I know it will eventually help her.

    Thanks so much!


    Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats - Voltaire

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