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Update...and sad news

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Hello my dear Spark Friends,

Firstly I would like to thank you all for your comments on my recent blogs and on my Spark page asking how everything is progressing. It is so heartening and encouraging to have your support.

This will be a brief blog as I have blurry vision headache at the moment. When I saw my GP last week, she increased my strong pain medication to a twice daily dosage, as opposed to previously taking it as a last resort single dose. I have found this makes me a bit dopey, so I need to be careful with what I do as it affects my balance sometimes. I still experience daily pain but at least I am getting a bit more relief than before. I am also trying to pace myself with what needs to be done. It's not always easy but by slowly chipping away we have made a small amount of progress with de-cluttering. The most frustrating thing is being house-bound as I find sitting in a car painful, both at the time and for a few days afterwards. I finally see the rheumatologist in a couple of weeks, so I hope I can leave that appointment better informed and with some strategies for dealing with the pain.

Some of you may recall me mentioning our dear friend Briar in previous blogs. Last Friday evening we received a phone call from her son to say that Briar had suffered a stroke the previous Friday and after him finding her collapsed at home the following day, was admitted to hospital. She died on Wednesday last week, and her funeral will be on Monday. We were in shock at the news as we had phoned her earlier in the week that she had the stroke and nothing was amiss. We will miss her terribly as she was always such an easy-going, fun person who left me with a smile on my face whenever I saw her or spoke to her on the phone. As Mum said, it is pretty much the two of us now, as there is only one from this circle still alive, and Sylvia has dementia and lives even further away now. This seems to make the grief doubly hard to deal with.

Hugs and blessings to you all dear Spark friends,


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