40,000-49,999 SparkPoints
TEDDYTEDDY's Recent Blog Entries

Slept in though had good intentions...

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Had my alarm set for 5:30, in attempt to get back in the groove for return to work on Monday....however, I turned off the alarm and slept 3 more hours...

I definitely have to go to bed by 9:00 p.m. cause the alarm will go off at 4:30 on Monday morning.

Will get to bed early tonight and will only have music on and no t.v.

I spent a lot of time driving yesterday and by the time I got home my arms, hands, neck and upper back were super uncomfortable....

I need to do my neck and upper back exercises today and continue daily with those to help me out with my return to work. I brought my own chair to my work cube yesterday and am hopeful that will help.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MSLZZY 2/5/2011 9:01PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MCGS62 2/5/2011 6:36PM

    emoticon High five!
reading through your blogs all in one sitting. I'm glad to see you progressing toward a more normal routine again. See you on the team page. Good Job!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RAINBOWFALLS 2/5/2011 4:20PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DJS-DEBBIE 2/5/2011 2:32PM

    What's wrong with leaving the TV on all night?

Report Inappropriate Comment
MNNICE 2/5/2011 2:18PM

    I am a terrible "snooze button pusher". I always want to get up at the last possible minute. Even as a child I was never a morning person. Doesn't matter how many hours of sleep I get, I don't want to get up. Also am terrible at leaving the tv on all night long, and it's a habit I need to break. I'm thinking when spring hits I need to do some kind of personal sleep challenge to get up the FIRST time the alarm rings and use the Sleep button on the remote. Good luck with getting rid of the aches and pains and getting back to work. You know what you need to do, and you know you can do it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DR1939 2/5/2011 12:26PM


Report Inappropriate Comment

1st PT on hands and elbows today....

Friday, February 04, 2011

Therapy at Sister Kenny Institute is across the street from my office this morning. After I have my session of therapy I am going across the street and bringing a decent chair from home as my body is rebelling from the poor chair (my supervisor says it is one size fits all..which it doesn't). I often find myself literally sitting on the edge of the chair because things are not set up right and the chair does not support my back. My own chair has a back roll in the correct place in addition to soft cushioning and a high back to support my upper back. Also, the wheels roll more easily than the chair provided by the company. Hope it helps.

On Monday I have to start work an hour early because I have a check up in the Sleep Clinic at the hospital 2 blocks away and have to bring my CPAP machine in so I decided trying to bring in my chair from home and my CPAP machine (and walker to carry it) would be just too hard to handle.

I am looking forward to getting back into the groove of working again and am gradually getting my schedule back to normal by going to bed earlier and setting my alarm. Monday a.m. it will be set for 4:00 am. so will need to be in bed on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Big difference from the past month when I was staying up late.....late....late...
emoticon emoticon emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MCGS62 2/4/2011 3:26PM

    take care of your hands. It is good to see you getting back to a normal routine. Ask your supervisor maybe they will let you bring your own chair in to work. and thanks for helping me while my internet is down. stay on as co-leader because I'm not the whole way out of the woods yet. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

    I hear you about the chair. Mine is at least 20 years old. Everyone is so concerned about keeping their job where I work that no one ever says anything when OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) comes through. Good luck with the PT!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KOPSBABY 2/4/2011 2:03PM

    Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. How did PT go on your hands and elbows?

Take Care.

Report Inappropriate Comment
FRAN0426 2/4/2011 1:15PM

    Sounds like a good idea to take your chair to work because your number one priority is You. I guess these days places just can't allow themselves to help a worker be comfortable ---what a shame. Or else, I just had a good boss as my Dr. had me tell the company I needed a proper, good mast to prohibit cleaning solutions to stay out of my space, and they followd through and actually bought extras in case other workers needed them to.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DJS-DEBBIE 2/4/2011 12:59PM

    The chair sounds like a great idea!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SCRAPLYN 2/4/2011 11:13AM

    I've taken my own chair to work on MANY occasions. Most employers aren't into the whole ergonomics thing and then don't understand why their workers are cranky. :D Once I started freelancing, I finally had a boss who understood the value! Good luck.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 2/4/2011 10:52AM

    Take care and good luck! HUGS!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PLAYBLUES22 2/4/2011 10:11AM

    Sweetie, just take care of yourself emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Going to see the hand surgeon today...

Thursday, February 03, 2011

He wants to do carpal tunnel and trigger thumb surgery...but I am afraid if I have it done I will lose my job as my FMLA will run out. I am thinking I will see if there is any way it can be delayed for another 6 months (assuming I am able to do my job when I return on Monday).....

If I were rich I could just retire.....(reminds me of a song from a musical...if I were a rich man....deedle, deedle, etc...)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    Do you have an adjustable keyboard holder at work that angles and height adjusts. I was beginning to come down with Carpal Tunnel and this was a godsend.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRAMMACATHY 2/3/2011 9:39PM

    Glad to hear about the physical therapy. I can't say enough good things about it.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEDDYTEDDY 2/3/2011 9:34PM

    I don't need surgery yet...My symptoms are in my elbows and thumb that already had surgry. The doctor took x-ray and said apparently it is only tendonitis of my thumb and tennis elbow (tendinitis of the elbows) probably aggravated by computer work.

Thank goodness for now I will just have physical therapy and check in with him in 6 weeks.

Comment edited on: 2/3/2011 9:37:45 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
KOPSBABY 2/3/2011 3:58PM

    I hope things work out for you. I had carpal tunnel surgery back in '95 and it worked out. It's a shame you would lose your job just because you have surgery. There must be a way to fight that. Anyways, good luck.

Report Inappropriate Comment
RAINBOWFALLS 2/3/2011 3:25PM

    I love Fiddler on the Roof!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DJS-DEBBIE 2/3/2011 1:11PM

    I hope the doctor can figure something out for you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MS5835 2/3/2011 12:45PM

    Good luck with the doctor today. What about a cortisone shot for the trigger thumb.? The shot helped me when I had it. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DR1939 2/3/2011 10:09AM

    I had both wrists operated on at different times and my recovery time was less than a week each time. I was using the computer on the afternoon of the day of the first surgery. This is for carpal tunnel. I don't know about thumb trigger. Anyway, hope things work out. The surgery was wonderful for me. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

One more medication....

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

I am still having jaw pain that woke me up at 3:30 a.m. and I had to put a cold pack on my jaw to get myself to get back to sleep...

This evening I still have the pain...and have had a first dose of Tegretol (which is prescribed for trigeminal neuralgia.

I can't believe all the different medications I have been on in the past several weeks...

I am scheduled to go back to work next Monday and hope I don't have any more annoying symptoms or pains.... emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GRAMMACATHY 2/4/2011 4:31AM

    Trigiminal Neuralgia. Isn't that one of the most painful things ever. I think that is what my DIL has. It about brought her to her knees.

Report Inappropriate Comment
RAINBOWFALLS 2/3/2011 3:19PM

    Hang in there - this too shall pass.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SOPHIADARE 2/3/2011 10:37AM

    Sympathies -- I hate having to keep up with all the meds!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARITAK 2/3/2011 7:39AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 2/2/2011 10:28PM

    I hope you can keep them all straight! Good luck! HUGS!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Good news and not so good news...

Monday, January 31, 2011

The Mestinon "cured" my double blurry vision....however, this indicates that ocular myasthenia gravis is the cause. So as long as I take this medication three times a day I will have normal eye muscle function and no double or blurry vision like I had.

Ocular myasthenia gravis is considered Level I and there are VI levels with the highest level being extremely dangerous requiring intubation and complicated treatments.

Some people (I hope I am one of them) only have ocular myasthenia gravis without further advancement of the disease to other levels.

I was told by the neurologist's nurse today that I should continue taking the Mestinon and the muscle relaxant (it has helped the spasms in my neck and jaw) and just call if I have any increased symptoms or new symptoms that may be related to the MG (myasthenia gravis).

Unless I have increased or new symptoms the doctor does not intend to do any further testing.

He did sign papers for my return to work next Monday and also a request to my employer for accommodation of light sensitivity (which is something new to me). I have purchased tinted (sunglass dark) computer glasses and 2 different sun visors to help me cope with the bright office lights and computer screen. emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MCGS62 2/5/2011 6:30PM

    I'm never happy to hear a diagnosis of MG but am glad that you are only level 1 hope it doesn't go any further.
Some people dim the lights in the room which makes the computer look brighter.
It does get rid of glare but I find it gives me a headache so I prefer the light up and angle them differently to keep the glare down. Oh yeah I have to look at my fingers to type so I need the light ---and spell check

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 2/1/2011 9:05PM

    Finally, an answer! Let's hope this is as far as it goes! HUGS!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DJS-DEBBIE 2/1/2011 7:32PM

    Hopefully now that they know what they are dealing with you can get back on a even keel.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CATLADY52 2/1/2011 3:28PM

    Just hope that they all contribute to helping you stay active at your work. It sounds as if you are ready to get back in the swing. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BIBS4664 2/1/2011 12:08PM

    So glad you have some resolution of your symptoms. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MADHUMATI 1/31/2011 11:39PM

    Please do care for yourself, do regular chek-ups and please keep us posted. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MINDY502 1/31/2011 8:25PM

    I hope you dont get any worse either. Take good care of yourself!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DKELLEY35 1/31/2011 8:12PM

    Wow, I don't know what to say, I hope this doesn't progress any further. Please take care of yourself and keep us posted.

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 Last Page