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plantiques
Burleson, TX

June 12, 2004
9:33 PM

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Hi all, my name is Jude, aka 'plantiques'. I live in North Texas, zone 7... been actively gardening for 15 years. I'm 40 years old, have a fantastic husband and two wonderful kids.
I was diagnosed with fibro and tmj about 15 years ago, which are the least of my problems. I have suffered from the autoimmune disease CAD aka 'cold agglutinin disease' for about 20 years which was finally diagonosed about 6 years ago. CAD is literally being allergic to the cold... anything below 67 degrees can cause my blood to hemolize (hemolysis) and clot. Unfortunately, I have had the blood clot in my brain on several occasions and have had 5 strokes as a result. I am partially paralyzed, my worst stroke was on the right side of my brain, which left the left side of my body without sensation, though, I can control it fairly well after many years of practice. It also reduced the vision in my left eye to about 25%. I can't eat ice cream, or hold cold soda cans as they can cause frostbite. The upshot is, my husband does the grocery shopping as I can't go into the freezer sections!
I have my share of horror stories, like when I had my first stroke and went to the ER. I told them I thought I had a stroke, they said it was probably just a migraine and let me sit for 7 hours in the waiting room... it turned out to be a stroke, but it was too late for the clot busting drugs that would have reduced the damage done to my brain!
I have good days, and bad days... especially when I get too cold and my spleen grows to the size of a basketball! Overall though, I am scrappy and tend to ignore my disabilities. I am a big "do-it-yourself-er" and if I can't do something, I figure out a way! I look forward to reading this forum, getting to know you all, and sharing ideas. Now I'm off to work on a rock garden I am building...
Thanks for listening...
Jude aka 'plantiques'
p.s. my other interest is antiques... especially garden related items.

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