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Sunday, 8/26

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Hi Y'all. I changed my mind about getting the epi - I've talked with my psychiatrist and she reduced my one medicine slightly and ok'd my taking NSAIDs. I will be getting blood work done this coming week to see how that's working out. But I think the anti-inflammatory properties of the NSAID are helping my knee some....not perfectly (yet), but helping. emoticon I know that doesn't have anything to do with my pinched nerve, but if I'm going to get a steroid shot, I think I'd rather first address my knee problem.....it's been going on since early December. I WILL have to address my pinched nerve one of these days.

This weekend DH and I went to (near) Aberdeen, MD for grandson Josh's travel baseball team's last tournament of the year. They played at the Cal Ripken complex - an interesting place. Josh's team started each game well, but lost all three games. emoticon

Before we left home, DH looked at what weather.com had to say about the forecast. Boy! Was it ever off base! It said there was only a 20% chance of rain, and the temps were to be in the 80's. Reality was temps in the 70's and rain sprinkles all day yesterday and we awoke to a downpour this morning. Haha! Fooled us.

All's well that ends with no injuries (except maybe to pride), and Josh played well. He batted something like 5 or 6 doubles during the tournament, and since the coaches rotate some of the players in positions, Josh pitched (got several guys out), played catch (again, did VERY well), and had a good time. Too bad they lost all the games.

My s-i-l has promised to help with my computer tomorrow. I am so happy. I've been having fits with it, and sometimes think about 'rebooting' a la the Dilbert cartoon - kicking it off the top of a very tall building. LOL

God bless you all. I hope you have a great week.

  
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CONTENTCHRIS 8/26/2012 3:55PM

    Have you ordered your black cherry juice extract to help with the arthritis/joint type pain? It works on my shoulder and back. I order mine in 32 ounce concentrate bottles n just drink a small glass 3 to 5 times a week. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 8/26/2012 3:45PM

    As I mentioned before, I've had so many injections in my back the last five years that I'm surprised I don't start spouting liquid when I drink something. But they have all been to subdue the back and leg pain and do work, but only for a short time. Living in pain is not fun, is it? Hoping your injection (different than mine) works wonders for you. -- Lou

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/26/2012 3:33PM

    Ok just make sure to kick it with your good leg;-)
I'm sorry to hear that the team lost but good for Josh getting to practice his talents. He'll go far with those!
Enjoy the progress with your leg and deal with the nerve when the time is right. You've come a long way through a lot of pain, so you deserve to enjoy it.


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Anxiety and God's Peace

Monday, August 13, 2012

I've been feeling a bit anxious about the epidural I'm to get this Thursday....I don't like needles and the thought of one being stuck into my spine turns my stomach. So why am I having it done? I have a pinched nerve, which is causing pain down my leg. The epi is supposed to help that.

I've been praying about it, and gained a small measure of peace, but it wasn't until this morning when Scripture came to mind that I gained much more peace.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

Now, I don't see anything there that guarantees that everything will work out the way I want it to, but that's ok. God is in control of EVERYthing. He has plans (for good and not for evil) for each person. God is my loving Heavenly Father. He knows far more than I do - He sees the big picture, I just see a tiny portion of things. I choose to trust Him.

  
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IUHRYTR 8/24/2012 7:22AM

    Yesterday I had another series of back shots, these were a nerve block to block the nerves from telling the brain my back and legs hurt. The pain will still be there, but maybe I won't feel it and finally be pain free. After so many injections over the years, and from donating blood and for lab tests, I've gotten used to them I guess but I know how fearful it can be for some people. Like you pointed out, be grateful for the technology that may relieve some of your pain. Hope you feel better. -- Lou

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 8/15/2012 5:58AM

    I have a gratitude stone that I carry with me and when I feel anxious I hold it in my hands and rub it and it actually calms me down. When and if you have to have another shot bring something with you that you can hold (assuming they let you) and hang onto it to give yourself some strength. Maybe a small bible or paperback book with scripture in it?

I hope the shot helps you; be well. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers, Pat

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CONTENTCHRIS 8/14/2012 4:22PM

    I do not like epidura thing either. Think about it your nerve is pinched.. All the ep will do is lesson pain for a bit ..then you have to have it over and over. Try the traction thing... it helped my back along with exercises to strengthen the area helps even more. I understand wanting the pain to stop..but the epi will only last a month or so max... ask your Doc to be honest as to the length it will last.

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LIVINGFREE19 8/14/2012 7:44AM

    I hope everything goes fine, and I'm sure it will.
When God is in control, nothing can go wrong. Relying on your faith is definitely the way to go!
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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/14/2012 12:01AM

    That reminds me of a service I went to once where the pastor said God in you knows how to handle everything. I thought that was very beautiful too.
Remember you can pretend Bernadette has one hand and I have the other:-)

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POETLKNG2LOSE 8/13/2012 8:30PM

    I hope everything goes well for you on Thursday. I am trying to keep my head up but it is not easy.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 8/13/2012 4:54PM

    I had a pinched nerve in my arm and neck. and I got myself one of those hanging neck stretchers/traction contraption. It helps by stretching the spine, because as you age your spine degenerates and shrinks and the disk can pinch off a nerve. But uing the traction device helps relieve that pinched nerve. It helps take presure off the nerves that are pinched.

No needle will help but may make it worst! Even surgery does not help a nerve that was pinched or is dying! Epidurals jsut anesthesize the pain but soemtiems can kill off a nerve too! Sometimes all you can do is best to leave it alone, but the stretching does help. I would go to a physical therapist who can place you in a neck stretching device. I Cant recall the name of the device but it a form of traction and it does help relieve the pressure on the nerves if you have shrunken disk or had a fall and your disk have caused a nerve to be pinched. (Been there) Mine was from a fall. They do help! Just do it for 15 minutes at a time!

Many Drs wont tell you that, you can do things to help yourself deal with the pain besides medication. But I knwo soemtimes mdication and pain medication and burning out a nerve can create new problems. But they wont tell you that! The thing (traction device has pulleys on it and bag that you fill with water) It will help relieve the pressure of a pinched nerve. Sometimes how you sleep or rest on a pillow can also cause a pinched nerve too, and over night or while your sleeping. Doing it even for sitting ina chair too long does help!

Also Investing in one of those pillows made of sponge that are hard and formed to go under your neck , the shape of the curvature, can helped relieve the pressure of a pinched nerve in the neck. It helped me a lto. NEVER sleep ona fluffy soft pillow again!

But as for those Needles from an Epidural just anesthesize the nerve and not always helps! They can make thinsg worst .... no feeling at all!

I hope all i wrote helps you! ay good to do, because they can actually kill the nerves depending on where it is done, and can affect you long term, and make things worst. My nerve in my arm was killed off. They can actually kill the nerves, and if its in the upper part of your spine can cause you tremendous loss to feeling esp if its a main control center nerve in the neck. Be cautious! But if its in the lower extremities can cause your legs to go out from under you and cause even more difficulties!

I am telling you because of the stuff I been thru! If your nerve is alive anestheziing it could kill it! Or paralyze you if your otehr nerves dotn take over. Some nerves can regrow but if a main nerve center is killed off, it cant be replaced! Its like having a stroke!

I had an Epidural in my arm, and my nerve in my arm went dead and I coudl nto feel a thing but other nerves took over . The other nerves grew and took over, but that does not always happen! The higher up the nervous system the Epidural is, the more difficult for the nerves to regrow nerves. I was fortunate it was below my elbow! Dont ever get it done in your neck region, they can paralyze you! It can kill off a lot more than just the pain. In the neck region it can kill off you! Paralyze you! I took some pain medication and it caused me to get paralyzed for a while.nIf it was not for me panicking and my adrenaline taking over, I may have made a mistake allowing the Dr to administer such medication to me. They can make mistakes! But if you have pain, the nerves is still alive! Try the traction thing first! susana

I would not wait for a Dr, to tell me hat to do, I would just go to a pharmacy or Medical supply place and get a neck traction thing-a-ma-jig! I wish I knew their exact name , but the box mine was in got tossed. They sell them at most medical supplies place and you dont need a subscription to get one! Buy one. and use it. They help by lifting the spinal disk in your spinal column off the nerve in the spine. It can relieve a lto of the pressure and pain. I think I paid ten dollars for one. It has a bag that you fill with water, put the least amount of water in it, and hang it over a door and then place the neck thing around the neck under your chin. If the spine is squeezinga nerve that woudl relieve the pressure. A nerve will die if you wait to long, but they can heal if you dont wait too long to get help. If you do it within 4 to 5 months of a fall, it still can heal and the traction thing helps greatly. You may have to do it repeatedly, but it does help relieve the pressure on a nerve and can help prevent total loss of that nerve tissue. But an Epidural soemtimes kill off nerves! If ist in a lower extremity and not on a main core nerve, go for ti. It just anesthesizes that particular nerve and soemtimes kills them off! . It depends where it is. But numbing is a sign the nerve still have soem sensation. I alos dont like needles eitehr. Hope this info helps.

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Never Quit Pledge

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Today, I promise I will not quit.

I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.

I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.

I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.

I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.

I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

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LAURAB_143 3/25/2013 10:00AM

    I shared this today! emoticon Very nice!!! I hope you are still doing well. emoticon

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CONTENTCHRIS 8/10/2012 11:26AM

    Do it ! Yea!

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My summer beach experience

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

I promised myself I would blog a bit about the past couple of weeks. About two weeks ago I flew (no, not on a broom) to Tennessee and my DD and I drove her two young uns to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. My DH (and dog) and other children (and spouses and their kids) also drove there and we spent a nice week in a huge house about a city block from the beach. There were lots of bedrooms (with king-sized beds) for the adults, bunks for the boys and a separate room for my only granddaughter.

We enjoyed going to the shore and spending some time there, although I didnt do that as much as Id liked to have, due to my leg being messed up still. I more often spent time in the swimming pool and hot tub that were a part of the property we rented. Mmmm, would love to have that hot tub in MY yard!

We went out to dinner a couple of nights (good seafood) and each of the families took a turn in the kitchen preparing supper. Nothing fancy just nutritious food. The last night we were there, one s-i-l did most of the cooking of fresh seafood on the grill. YUM!

Since weve been to OBX before, we didnt do much sightseeing, although we all went together to the NC Aquarium. DH and I took one DD and her two kids to the Currituck Lighthouse it was the one thing I wanted to do. Id already seen the other OBX lighthouses, and even had climbed the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse twice. This time, I just took a pic or two and bypassed the looooong line of people waiting to climb it. I also picked up two more cross stitch kits one of the Currituck Lighthouse, and one a map of OBX. Now to work them into my schedule.

DD and I drove back to the Memphis, TN area (about 1000 miles) and the next day I flew home. Im still tired! Im glad we were able to all be together, and at the beach, no less.

The first three days we were at OBX, we had violent electrical storms mostly at night, but we were able to get out on the beach a bit each day. After that, the weather was beautiful.

So there you have it my beach vacation for the summer of 2012.

  
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IUHRYTR 8/24/2012 7:33AM

    With the storms and sightseeing it sounds like there were no dull moments. -- Lou

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LIVINGFREE19 8/4/2012 2:20PM

    Sounds like a great trip!
At least the storms carried on at night and not during the day!
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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/1/2012 7:21PM

    Neat! The cross stitch kits sound like fun. Yay for a vacation with a hot tub, that's always a highlight. And fresh seafood on the grill too!
I hope you and your leg recover well. emoticon

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Miscellaneous stuff

Monday, July 09, 2012

I went to the 'back' dr this morning. He confirmed that my back probably isn't causing my leg pain, although it is possible. (How's that for covering your bases?) After poking, prodding and squeezing my leg, he gave me a couple of samples of a lidocain patch for pain. I haven't used them yet.

This afternoon I had another formal PT session (as opposed to the daily ones I do at home). I realize it may be temporary, but this is the best my leg has felt in seven months! I'm praising the Lord for this (even if temporary) relief. So, the bottom line is that it looks like PT will help with the leg pain, if not eliminate it altogether.

Moving on: we had horrendous heat last week, as did much of the country. Saturday we tied a record of 101 degrees. I really don't know what the heat index was, but DH and I stayed in the house. We're grateful that we didn't lose electricity as did some of the country.

We had our PA kids and grands over for a July 4th cookout/eat in supper. Later we all went down to the banks of the Susquehanna River at Harrisburg and watched a wonderful fireworks display.

I've been knitting and crocheting some, but mostly reading the last book in a series. It's over 800 pages long. I'm going to be sorry to see the end of the series as it has been entertaining. It's the "Children of the Earth" series by Jean Auel and is set somewhere in Europe (I think) towards the end of the Ice Age. Outside of the people worshiping "Mother Earth" I've been enjoying the series.



  
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LIVINGFREE19 7/13/2012 5:13PM

    The weather has been in the upper 80's lately, but this weekend, i heard it is going to be up in the upper 90's again!
I'm not happy about this.
Have a great weekend!
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CALIPIDGIOUS 7/10/2012 9:33AM

    I also read many of those books but it took her so long to come out with one of them that I lost track of the series. Glad you are enjoying and that your knee is feeling at least somewhat better! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 7/9/2012 7:41PM

    I remember reading Clan of the Cave Bear by Auel in 1983. She was an author who'd been a stay at home mom and wrote on her kitchen table, if I remember right. How marvelous that she is till publishing.

Best wishes for total healing. Glad you got some relief. Hang in there. -Marsha

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/9/2012 7:29PM

    Yay for PT! Finally some relief! Here's hoping it does eventually eliminate the pain. Good for you for doing it at home too, I admire your dedication. I know you'll say somethng about how its because the pain is bad, so you have to do it, but I think its because you're especially strong and awesome.
Yikes, I hope the heat eases up. It makes me glad I moved to a milder climate. Come visit anytime you need a break;-)
I've wondered about that series but I don't know if I have the attention span for that much at once. I've been working on 200 pages for months. You'd think with my commute, I'd be cracking a new book every 2 days but I get distracted by my fancy phone and all the new music I come up with reasons to reward myself with.
Hope the rest of your week is nice. emoticon

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