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I seem to be sporting a reverse MOHAWK...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

...down the peach fuzz of my back. From the base of my head to my tailbone. The docs used what they call 'pink tape' (it's actually peach guys!) to anchor the wires and tubing from a long term epidural in my spine.
I told the nurses that they should complete the task and give me the full body wax, rather than just the peach-fuzzy reverse mohawk, since my punk rock gal phase was decades ago, ha!

BAH HUMBUG GRUMBLE WARNING: I've was booted out of The Joint 4 days early due to potential infection (heartbreak!).
So the docs shut off treatment far too early. Only made it 1/2 way through before things went south.
Disheartening to see progress, to actually SEE progress, and have it peeled back rapidly like a roll top window shade - revealing all of the dusty dirt covered items of illness.

My disease quickly reverted back to its not-so-adorable status. My body revving up its white blood cells to fight infection, turning me into even more of a heat generator already (hooey, it's HOT in here!).
Taking temp often, checking swollen areas of my back every few hours. Anti-inflammatories 'round clock. Blah blah. All on top of my constant chronic pain. OY!

Silver lining: this procedure and treatment protocol seemed to help keep my feet alive. That's insanely amazing! How often do I whine about treatments bombing? A lot!

Poopy squishy center of the silver lining: my feet and parts of legs immediately snapped back to their sickly oxygen-robbed colors and flavors. Back on track toward a sad death.

Next steps: break out of can of silver spray paint and 'silver line' my days until I can take advantage of doing this jam session again - maybe 8 weeks. Then Operation Save My Feet is back on. Gotta stay positive!

And now I am on to phase 2 of everything: heal the new wounds inflicted on me, settle into being home, strive to do some type of exercise regimen ASAP. Even one bicep curl is better than nothing.

And as the song goes from Social D, for now this is the Story of My Life!

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    Oh my gosh! I'm so sorry. Finally something was working, and then they had to stop. emoticon emoticon Saying prayers that your body heals and that the next round comes in time to save your feet. emoticon
    1638 days ago
    So sorry to hear what you're going through... I'm just continuing to pray for you! emoticon
    1646 days ago
    We gotta take these things in stride - two steps forward one step back, they say this is progress.
    1646 days ago
    Oh, Crap! You are in my thoughts and prayers and will stay there! I am so sorry it was cut short but at least you saw it work and have hope! Get super comfy at home with hubby and Olive and have a hot beverage (as Sheldon from Big Bang Theory always offers at these times) and relax!
    Love & Healing Hugs,
    1647 days ago
    What a visual! I can just imagine the peach tape. Sorry they booted you out early. Your job,(should you choose to accept it), is to heal and get back in there! That's great that you saw improvement. Just think, 8 weeks from now you'll have some healthy, pink piggies. emoticon emoticon
    1647 days ago
    Ok, 8 weeks. That's doable, right? I mean you already know it works for you, so 8 weeks of hanging on and you get to go back for a treatment that you know is going to help your feet. And maybe if you heal faster than 8 weeks, maybe they'll let you go early. We never know what the future holds for us, sometimes it's good stuff. So, for you, I'm hoping for the good stuff!
    1647 days ago
    And you packed extra undies for nothing!!!! What the heck?!

    Next time, don't pack the extra undies, that probably jinxed the whole staying in thing....

    (One can always blame things on inanimate objects, right?)

    I wish there was something more a person could do. I cannot imagine the disappointment you went through with doctors walking in and sending you home earlier than planned.

    Take care of yourself. Pop those painkillers and such.

    Maybe moving the pill bottles around are enough of a work out? They've got to be big and heavy... emoticon emoticon

    Hugs to you!
    1647 days ago
    You are so adorable. I haven't been super active in a while so when I saw your blog I was like YIPPPEEEE!

    Social D, wow taking me back girl!

    Your hot life is so immeasurably a gift to everyone who even only gets to know you peripherally. If your feet are not feeling intact know that your spirit definitely is. I'll bet the hospital staff was just as heartbroken as you to see you go. You are the silver lining. emoticon emoticon
    1647 days ago
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    I'm so sorry your treatment was cut short. I wish I knew what to say. But YOU are the expert in offering supportive words... Just know I hope things will look up.
    1647 days ago
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