Dec.3 and still kickin' pain level 7

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Morning everyone, Been awhile since i have made a blog, but for a while there I was unable to use the computer much.

Another day gone and I'm still have not got rid of the extra pounds from Thanksgiving. I'm struggling this week. Too many temptations leftover from Thanksgiving.

I need to step up the exercises and hurry up and eat the rest of these pies!(LOL) Seriously I do need to get these pies out of here, I'm weak when it comes to them. Especially if we have vanilla ice cream. you probably guessed they are apple.

A little update on my health. My kidney problem has been stabilized (Praise God)and have been able to walk without a great deal of pain and that was mostly from a very expensive set of orthotics. There was a concern of cancer but it turned out I was clear and no sign of it.
My biggest problem is the nerve damage I have in my arms and hands, it has gotten so bad my hands tingle like pins being stuck in them all the time.( if your familiar with the sensation of your arm or leg doing to sleep) Anyway, when I lie down, anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes my hand is asleep but goes beyond the tingling to an intense throbbing. So needless to say. I am not getting much sleep. I have surgery scheduled to hopefully correct the problem. But they (the V.A.)can't do it until may 2009. So I have too deal with it until then. my left hand is almost useless. I can't do much with it anymore and I'm losing motor control. The amazing thing is, I play guitar and I play on our Worship team at church. I get up in the morning and can barely move or close my hand. And I think, this is the day I have to give up playing, and you have to understand, playing music is the world to me. I try to play in the morning and have great difficulty making chords, So I go to church anyway and set up. We sit and pray before our practice set and miraculously I get through the practice and the program as if there was nothing wrong. But afterwards my hands go back to the stiffness and the pain.
I see my Rhuematologist next week, I'm going to ask for cortisone shots in my wrists and shoulders. Hopefully that will give me some relief. If you are interested. There are some pictures of my hands on my flickr acct. on the link below. There are also other pictures you might enjoy just looking at.

On the lighter side. I am excited! the teams I lead and help lead are growing and getting more activity. I was concerned from the lack of posting and was actually considering closing one down. But I figured if one person was posting I would continue. and I am glad I did. emoticon

I am up and around, able to exercise, and have good friends who support me. What more can I ask for!

I love this time of year, Everyone is happy, they get more motivated and want to be more involved and my mission and my job as a leader is to try too keep that motivation going throughout the year. I hope you are in the motivated group, if not join me right now!
I know a lot of us worry about this time of year with all the temptations,
But as Bobby Mcferrin says "Don't worry, be happy"! And stay focused on your goals!

Have a great week and success to all who read this.

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  • MRZ1225
    Rick I too have SLE Hang in there and take it one minute at a time if you need to. Have a Blessed Holidayand a much healthier New Year.
    4521 days ago
    Lifting you in prayer for all you spoken and unspoken needs. May God continue to bless you.
    4524 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    I hope you get those shots in your wrists and shoulders. emoticon
    4540 days ago
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    I wish I could take your pain away. It sounds horrible. I have alot of pain myself, but nothing like that. You are the man for pushing yourself and sticking with your music. I think you are one strong guy.

    Funny you should mention "Don't worry, be happy". I was singing that to my boys today, and they thought that was the best song. I have had it stuck in my head all day, then I see it in your blog! What are the chances!

    You have really been thru it. I wish you the best of luck with the VA. My dad and husband are vetrans and they both have a hell of a time dealing with the VA. It is one massive mess. Keep us posted, how you are doing and what is happening. I liked your blog, you write well.

    Sleep tight!
    4541 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your arms and hands. I know that when they hurt it is hard to do anything with them. Since I have cut out sugar and all processed grains I have not had any pain that makes me hurt. I did get into some cake at Thanksgiving and boy did I hurt and my lupus flared real bad. So now I will stay away from it. Will be praying for you too.
    4541 days ago
    It is good to hear from you !! AWESOME pictures. I will be in Prayer for your hands. Than you for sharing a part of yourself with us. You take care and may God Bless you always.

    Love and Hugs,

    Cindi emoticon
    4541 days ago
  • EQUUS256
    Thank you for sharing a personal but very motivating blog. Your horses and family are beautiful.

    I hope your hands find relief soon.

    4541 days ago
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