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Some progress, some relief!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

I had a medical procedure yesterday called a guided cortizone injection. The actual procedure took about 20 minutes. I felt a sting and about 2 seconds of discomfort. That's it. I'm telling you this because I was very fearful of the procedure, not having much experience in anything like this before. So for anyone who might have this in their future, it's nothing to fear.

The doctor said to give it a few days to get the full effect. About 3 hours after I came home, I began having some real relief. There's some discomfort, there's some soreness, but there is no real pain. NO PAIN. First time in 3 months! I continue to step tenderly and be cautious. I extremely grateful for this relief and giving thanks for it constantly. I contine to pray it lasts for some time.

RESULTS OF CT SCAN on my kidney. There is a small, simple benign cyst there. Doesn't present any threats, and causes no symptoms. Just ignore it. YAY!

HOWEVER, (geeze, it just keeps on going, lol) now the radiologist says that scan showed some unusual or abnormal, or enlarged blood vessels in my liver and they will be calling me next week with an appointment for another CT scan with a different protocol. I'm wondering if radiologists have quotas, lol.

My innards are getting micro examined, it seems, lol. Not a bad thing when you're about to turn 61, I guess. I'm having more medical tests than I've had in my entire life to date.

THANK YOU all for your prayers, good thoughts and good vibes you've sent my way. Don't stop now, please continue!


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SERENITYSEL 10/4/2009 9:12AM

    I'm glad it was so easy for you. You must have had an excellent doctor. Mine was so painful. Glad you are getting some relief too!!!!! emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 10/3/2009 9:22PM

    Great news. I am so glad you didn't have much pain with the procedure. My prayers are still with you.

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JUDY1676 10/3/2009 7:55PM

    I'm so glad you have gotten some relief!
I pray the next CT scan will also give you good news!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/3/2009 5:52PM

    Glad to hear the procedure was not too painful and that you have had some relief.

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NANCY- 10/3/2009 11:02AM

    I'm so glad that it was easier than you imagined. Phew!
It's great that you are feeling less pain.
Gee you didn't know that so many folks would be interested in taking your picture. I'm praying that all will turn out well for you.

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BELTONWALKER67 10/3/2009 9:32AM

    So Glad you are finally seeing relief. Prayers will continue until all those medical tests/procedures are done. Seems when we turn 60 our bodies get tired but our minds stay still active! emoticon

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Friday, October 02, 2009

I just want to take a moment to thank all of you who have stopped by and left comments on my page and blogs lately.

Being so focused on pain management and just getting through the day, I really haven't "talked" much with anyone, but I want you all to know how much I appreciate every one of you.

I'm still waiting for CT scan results and Joe is taking me this morning to have a guided injection of cortizone into my hip, right where the large fang-like bone spur is located.

Thinking positively, I'm looking forward to excercizing more and just getting around much better.

Wishing every one of you an absolutely Wonderful Day!


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SERENITYSEL 10/2/2009 11:38PM

    Ironic that you posted this today, as I was thinking (on my way to work), I wonder if Karen had her shot yet? I was going to write you and find out.

How are you doing? I am praying for you and a good outcome!

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NANCY- 10/2/2009 9:40AM

    I understand. Sometimes just getting through the day is a big achievement. Hope the shot helps.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/2/2009 8:45AM

    Wishing the same kind of day back to you. I will continue praying for you.


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BELTONWALKER67 10/2/2009 8:37AM

    Thinking of you and hope the cortisone shot will ease the pain so you will feel much better. emoticon

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ESHTEMOA 10/2/2009 7:43AM

    Kren I can only imagine the pain.The cortisone injection should give you an ease.Just continue to be strong in HIS might.
Much Love,

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BOO! Halloween Month is Here.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Did you know. . .?

Frankenstein was created by a 20 year old young woman. . .

Mary Shelly was only 20 yrs. old when she wrote Frankenstein. Lord Byron was her neighbor in Switzerland one wet and dreary summer, and she and her husband Percy Shelly, the poet, discussed Darwin and read horror stories all summer long. Lord Byron proposed they each write a “ghost story”. Over the next days she tried to think of something, then one night, after getting into bed, she began to have visions in her imagination of a “pale student of the unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together”... And thus, “Frankenstein” was born.

Most quoted passage from her book:
“It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.”

Try reading that on a dark, rainy night when you're all alone. Spooky!

What's your favorite spooky story?


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ROSILEIGH 10/1/2009 3:14PM

    I don't like spooky stories much either,but i quite liked "The hound of the Baskervilles" by Arthur Conan Doyle.

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FISHINGLADY66 10/1/2009 2:55PM

    I don't like to read spooky stories. But thanks for the lesson of Franenstein.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/1/2009 9:19AM

    " It was a dark and dreary night"

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Not done yet.

Friday, September 25, 2009

My recent renal ultrasound showed NOTHING on my kidneys!

However, the radiologist now wants me to have a CT scan specifically for that area. Had to have more bloodwork done in preparation for that and did that yesterday. Now I'm waiting for the call about the CT appointment. I guess we're being very thorough.

Next Friday is the coritzone injection into my hip where "Fang" the bone spur lives!

Had to get out of bed last night and give my hip a rubdown with Ben Gay because it was hurting so much. Must have worked, I fell asleep right after.

I once had a cat who thought Ben Gay was catnip, lol, and wanted to lick it all off me. Rosie, however, blinks her little eyes like it burns and wants nothing to do with me when I reek of that cream.

You know, I think that over the past decades, I've only been to a medical doctor once a year. I'm catching up now, though. Getting my money's worth out of all that insurance I've been paying. Lucky to have it, I know.

So, I've decided not to think ahead too far, not to worry, just to enjoy every day. I'm fortunate that I am gainfully unemployed (retired) and don't have to go to work through all of this - don't have to go anywhere I don't want to. Many people are much worse off than this.

If I thought I was inactive before, I now know what inactive really means. I'm catching up on lots of books, though. Reading and listening on my ipod. Joe and I are still having fun and I see him every morning and evening, as always. I said I felt like I might be slowing him down now, but he assured me he hadn't planned any mountain climbing or marathons, so I wasn't keeping him from anything, lol. What a great guy, but I already knew that!


You really can't control your life. You can only control your reaction to it.
So. . .
You have two choices each day. You can smile and be happy or cry and be miserable.

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FISHINGLADY66 9/27/2009 12:30PM

    It is better to smile & be happy than worry about everything. Your attitude is commendable. You are in my prayers always.

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CAROLYNVIL 9/25/2009 11:54PM

    You have a great attitude. you are an inspiration.

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JUDY1676 9/25/2009 11:20PM

You have such a great attitude! That's sure to help you get through this ordeal. My prayers continue to be with you.

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AMBUDMAN 9/25/2009 9:51PM

    Hi Karen,

You have a very positive attitude. I enjoyed reading your blog.

I choose to smile and be happy, life is to short not to try and enjoy every day.



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BIRDLEGS29 9/25/2009 9:38PM

    I hope you are happily getting the CT scan. I know it seems like maybe it is overkill but as we get older, I think prevention becomes even more important. If the CT scan is clear, shout Hooray! If not, be glad whatever it was is caught early. Keeep that great attitude of yours and you can conquer anything!


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SERENITYSEL 9/25/2009 11:15AM

    Karen, you are so positive and upbeat! I know that will help you on your journey through all this. I've been praying for some relief for you.

I retired, but then realized the insurance was too high (I was paying $418/mo) for little bit of coverage, so I had to go back to work full time. I LOVE my job and accounting, but I am so worn down and tired, and just growing old(er), and not gracefully, I have 2 more years before I reach 65 to get medicare. I pray I make it. I loved retirement. Oh well, this is about you not me. Sorry, I get carried away. Hey someone is trying to take me away now....They have white coats that fasten in the back....only kidding.

I've been thinking about you and your upcoming cortisone shot. Having a positive attitude, will make that shot work faster then the norm!!!! God bless you my friend.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/25/2009 10:14AM

    You have a great attitude. Thanks for spreading you Sparkiness.

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BELTONWALKER67 9/25/2009 8:53AM

    It is wonderful that you can count your blessings while enduring so much pain. That positive attitude will help you cope with this until the medical community can find a treatment that works. Thinking of you! emoticon

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Restaurant Guide

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


I found this site which contains a lot of nutritional info for many restaurants.

Just thought I'd share. It's always good to know what you're going to order before you get there, and to place your order first, before the orders of everyone else get too tempting!


If you have any other sites for restaurant nutritional information, feel free to share!


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SERENITYSEL 9/23/2009 11:52AM

    Thanks, it is good information. I don't eat out a lot anymore since my granddaughter left for Basic Training, but good to know in case I do. Have a wonderful day. And a pain free day!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/23/2009 9:31AM

    this is one of my "saved" sites. It is really handy.

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BELTONWALKER67 9/23/2009 9:25AM

    Great site! emoticon

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