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When you mentioned carbon monoxide poisoning, I never thought about smoking being the cause. Wow. I've never smoked but so many people have said how hard it is to quit. But I'm confident you'll do it. And if you have to sit for a while, and get bored, you can always start naming the dustbunnies.

Belated birthday wishes, too.

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I'll say WOW! I just saw this thread and want to wish you a belated Happy Birthday..sounds

like you had one.Congrats on a new Diagnosis,new Doctor and wound care team!! And much

luck on you quitting smoking.My last cigarette was Oct 25th of 2010.I was actually down to 2-4

cigarettes a day so the stopping wasn't bad.Sounds like a hopeful and healthy new year in front of you!!! Hooray!! :)

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Thank you all so very much - still waiting for appointments to be made with two wound care specialists (one an RN and the other a podiatrist), but this IS being arranged. What's holding it up is they are trying to arrange transportation for me, since I don't have a car and can only ask someone else to drive me to the town where treatment/assessment in an emergency, since it's about 80 miles away. I knew that would be an issue, but they ARE working on it!! :)

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Oh, yeah, it's all good news. Yes, I will be transported to the wound care folks for assessment by way of ambulance (which Medicare will cover because I simply cannot make it any other way and my doctor deems it medically necessary) BUT - and it's a big but, I also had my totally crazy apartment manager serve me today with a notice of eviction based on something she saw in this temporary house where I'm staying while my apartment is being completely remodeled.

I understood that smoking in this house was not allowed right from the start, and I have not smoked in here in this entire month I've been here. On the front porch, on the back porch, sure of course and half the town has seen me out there complying with the rules. I also understood there was no garbage pick-up here and that said manager would be stopping by often to haul my trash back to our apartment dumpster. Uh huh, no sign of this lady for almost four weeks, so I'm hauling the trash back on my walker to the apartment dumpster every few days - hey, I had to do something with it! So this past Saturday she shows up to pick up my trash, I invite her in, and of course not long before I'd brought in the ashtray I'd been using on the porch to dump it and clean it - she sees it with butts in it, has a fit, tells me I dare not have an ashtray in this house because it would stink the whole place up and did I KNOW how much the fine (to the vacation house owners) was if I got caught smoking in this non-smoking house? Of course I immediately dumped the butt bucket and washed it and said it would never happen again - note please, that I was NOT smoking in this house and never have and never will, not did the manager see me doing so.

So today, just as I was taking a shower (fan going, water running) during the noontime hour when I knew everyone who has been trying to arrange medical appointments and transportation for me would be at lunch, this "lady" comes by and leaves a notice on my screen door telling me that I'd broken the rules and I either had to comply with those rules or be evicted ten days hence.

Folks, this person flat out lied in t his notice, saying she'd witnessed me violating the non-smoking rules when she did not, and I am so angry about this, and the constant bullying of all my neighbors that has gone on (I'm far from the only one who has been threatened with eviction over non-rules or made-up things) and the atmosphere of fear that has developed with this woman's bullying, that I ain't taking this lying down.

Simply said, when she lied about what she saw and threatened the sanctity of my home, for which I pay rent each and every month on time and have never bothered anyone for several years now, she crossed a line and.....

I PLAN TO HAVE HER a**.

Thank you for your tolerance. Like I needed this garbage on top of my medical problems, and spending weeks uprooted from my home.

What's that old Chinese curse? "May you live in interesting times", is it? I'd also add that that old boy upstairs must think I'm Hercules, because I've also heard it said that God doesn't give you more to handle than you've the strength to.

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:idea: Mary, and I think it's that God doesn't give us more to bear that He doesn't give us the means to bear it; if a door closes, He oopens a window. There might be an opportunity for suitable, affordable housing where you're going for medical care, and you now know why you need to quit smoking, anyway.

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Thank you, Holly, and in fact my original plan during this transition period was to quit smoking, and in fact I've cut back a serious amount and no longer miss certain of those situation where smokers get triggered into smoking - like being on the phone, drinking my morning tea, etc.

An update on the situation with my manager: I tracked down who to complain to (her boss at the firm managing the property for the actual owners) and had a long, long talk with her on Wednesday. Was told to put it all in writing, and in the end had not only my letter of complaint but another letter from a different resident, as well as copies of several highly offensive notices that had been posted on each resident's door from the building manager, both threatening and insulting and about things she shouldn't even be concerned about. And several other residents were eager to add their voices, once they knew WHO to talk to.

As of yesterday, I've been told by three of my neighbors that the manager, rather than "put up with being called a liar", has told them she will be resigning as resident manager at the end of April. If true, it's probably the best solution, and I'm trying to confirm it with the person at the property management company.

I knew people were very upset, both scared and angry, about how we've all been treated, but I really didn't expect to be a catalyst that brought people out to really say and DO something about the situation - usually in a group that's been intimidated and made to feel powerless, when one person gets singled out and attacked, all the others hunker down and hope to heaven the storm passes them by. Not this time - and I'm really proud of my neighbors for standing up and saying "ENOUGH!!!"

Thanks for listening - and may our next manager be a more professional and compassionate choice! :wub:

Also, I'm off today to have my feet assessed by folks at the wound care clinic in Yakima (65 miles away), so here's hoping I have some good news out of that, too!

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Good,good luck on your 'foot' appointment and on your Apartment situation.No one person should hold people in fear and upset.Hope someone kind takes over the position! :wub:

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I'm sorry I missed this original post...you are definitely in my thoughts and I send you positive energy. :wub: And, good for you sticking up for yourself and I am glad your neighbors lent support. That had to feel good. Hugs for you...and take care.

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Mary, I am so glad you found such a diligent and astute doctor to help solve your foot mystery. It turned out to be a much more pervasive problem than just feet issues. I applaud you for your decision to quit smoking. My DH quit 5 years ago, and my brother will be smoke free for his second year in July. It was a difficult journey for both of them, because like you, they smoked for many years. But is was so worth the effort! Both are in much better health now than when they were smoking.

Way to go!

BTW - quitting smoking was my brother's birthday present to himself on his 60th birthday. What a great gift!

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ugh!!!! i soooo feel for you on the apartment harrassment!!! I had the landlord from hell once...he had once suffered from polio or something and i had absolutely no sympathy for that little man, wanted to knock his little crutches out from under him! only person who has ever made me feel that way! he was well known in the town for being an a**! when i applied for a low income house loan and told them about my past landlord and they would likely not get a good reference, they just knowingly nodded when they found out his name...then he later took off out of town with all the rent money from many places he managed and went to vegas!!! they tracked him down!!! so maybe your manager will GET HERS~!!!! good luck!!!! hugsss on all of it, like you need this stress on top of quitting and health issues!!! hugsss

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Mary ... congratulations on how you handled the manager issue. Well done!

Have you had a report from the specialist in Yakima yet?

How's the no smoking going? I can't think of stronger motivations to stop than a coma or foot amputation!

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Thanks so much for all the support - it really does matter.

Yes, I saw the podiatrist in Yakima on Wednesday, looong appointment and I didn't get home until nearly 9:00 p.m., but I am very much encouraged. The feet are truly horrid, but far, far from hopeless with the proper care. And I'm getting that now - they X-rayed, trimmed (UGH!!), disinfected, bandaged, put me on lots of Keflex for the next 30 days (double ugh - you know what that stuff does to a person's insides!), sent me home with bandaging material and instructions. And two days later UPS delivered two big boxes of bandaging stuff; I'll be doing my own care - it's not that complicated - and going back to the doctor again on April 20. The wounds are already looking much better, some signs of healing going on, hooray!

As far as the smoking, I'm down to less than a third of what I've smoked in the past and have pretty much gotten over those trigger points, you know those times where you ALWAYS smoke, so I'm getting there. The plan is to have quit completely by the time I go back to the doctor....and I keep telling myself, yes, you CAN do this!! :)

Thank you all for caring so much (and isn't the new forum great?)

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I'm glad that things are finally on the mend Mary and that you are managing to cut down on the cigs. Do concentrate on getting off them altogether though as from what you have said, they are the reason you have been suffering for so long. Good luck, I know its not easy but if you don't stop altogether but your wounds do heal up and you start to feel better, there is a danger that you will soon be back up to your former smoking levels before you know it.

And yes I love the new forum layout too - just need to get a few bugs fixed.

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