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Wednesday, March 13 Backaches, robins, and spring

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Hi all,

This week has started with my back in a flare--I suspect that the work I did on my hallway display coupled with two nights in the red chairs at my church may have started it and it just blossomed from there. I called my pain doc this afternoon and they gave me a voice message to talk to. If I don't hear from them by tomorrow, I will call him at home tomorrow evening. This kind of thing makes me feel pretty irritated because I am feeling ignored--the last part of the message says that "if you cannot wait 24 hours then you should go to the nearest ER." I told them my breakthrough pain medicine wasn't doing its job, and I feel as if I should be able to talk to a living person rather than a machine.

This has been a pretty fast paced week so far, filled with a lot of appointments and activity. I had an appointment with the urologist and the neurologist yesterday. Both of them became aware of the pain in my back as they tried to do exams. It is hard to lie on a table when your back is inflamed. I was miserable and the spasms were out of control. I finally got through the bladder scan and the EMG was canceled until today. My back wasn't much better, but the neurologist used a different room and extra pillows to do what he needed to do.

The neurologist's exams were a bit different. He had me close my eyes and ran a Q-tip over parts of my foot, telling him when I felt it. He was a bit surprised when I was there for my left arm and I told him that my left arm had been giving me a lot of pain with numbness and the like. I also told him that I had had trouble with my right hand as well, but because my left shoulder was causing me so much trouble, my PCP ordered the EMG. He will analyze the tests and I have a follow-up appointment in a couple of weeks.

I am doing a bit more exercise in the pool, and I have found I can do a bit of real swimming again until my back went nuts. I am hoping that my pain doc actually gets my message because he will know how to give me some peace. Grr-rr, I am having too many issues at the same time right now. It will be 3 more weeks before we can do an x-ray and see if my pneumonia is gone. I am still in PT for treatment on my shoulder and hip.

On a different note, I have cleaned out my closet and am working on my dresser now. I am about halfway finished with my afghan. We got Marissa sent off yesterday. Things that I wanted to accomplish are happening steadily and I am not overdoing anything. I have been to the pool with extra time for both the hot tub and the sauna each day. It is nice to be off work while I am not recuperating so that I can do something.

I saw my first robin today!! Spring is coming, snow or not!!

That's about it for today--take care of yourselves!
Gentle hugs,
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    I have seen robins too. Love it!

    At least you are accomplishing a lot even when in pain. I hope the neurologist will be able to address these problems and resolve them.
    1801 days ago
    So glad you are emoticon ( in the pool).
    The sauna sounds nice.
    Be gentle on yourself, it's Spring break emoticon
    1801 days ago
    Hope you get some relief from your back pain and I hope they find out what the problem is with your left arm. I am glad you are getting more time in the pool. It always makes you feel better. I agree spring is in the air. I am so ready for it. Hugs Pat
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