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    As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral
    director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no
    family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the
    Kentucky back country.

    As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical
    man, I didn't stop for directions.

    I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone
    and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew
    left and they were eating lunch.

    I felt bad and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of
    the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't
    know what else to do, so I started to play.

    The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played
    out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played
    like I've never played before for this homeless man.

    And as I played 'Amazing Grace,' the workers began to weep. They wept, I
    wept, we all wept together. When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and
    started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.

    As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never
    seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for
    twenty years."

    Apparently I'm still lost.... it's a man thing.
    "The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have."

  • #2
    Hi, Vicki ~ I sure didn't see that one coming.....thanks for the smile!!!
    Never heard of IC til suspected....Never knew so many suffer from it. Praying for a cure. I've found answers...so can you...keep the hope.

    11/2007 IC Symptoms began during recovery of surgery for bladder susp & hysto: painful/urge/freq urination up to 50 times a day, pain walking, even water hurts.
    8/2009 Susp IC; 1/2010 Treatment began; 2/2010 Diag PFD, PT, Surg remove mesh; 5/2010 Surg, 2nd bladder repair, vag vault/sm int prolapse repair, IC confirmed in surg; 7/2010 Diag Candida Esophagitis, Gastritis, Diviticulosis, Gallstones,
    8/2010 Surg gallbladder
    TREATMENTS (updated 4/15)
    IC Diet since 8/2009 (Able to vary 4/15)
    Heparin/Lidocaine/Bicarb/Kenalog Instills 1xDay
    Aloe Vera Capsules, (2) 2xDay, Loratadine 1xDay
    Pantoprazole, Prelief, Pyridium up to 3xDay, Premarin Cream 3xWeek
    *DISCONTINUED since feeling better: Celexa 10mg daily*, Fiber supp*,
    Gabapentin 12/2011 worked well *, Macrodantin 100mg after instill*, Probiotics*, PT-PFD*, Valium Vag Suppositories: Cyclo/diaz/lido, 10/5/62.5mg *
    PROB MEDS: Elavil, up to 50mg 1/2011 ret&hbp, Urelle ret, Vesicare ret

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