October 19, 2020

Life Updates

 


Hello there friends and family. It's been a while since I've written so I thought I'd give you all a little life update.

It's been busy that's for sure. That photo up there is from one of the trees in the historical district of my town. They dressed up the trees for Halloween. 

Life has been, well, life. Unfortunately my husband is having back and leg pain again. After twelve spinal surgeries and a stimulator implant which he got in 2019 and has been such a blessing, still is mostly in that he is off almost all pain medication for the first time since 2005 his legs and back are hurting again. 

So testing has begun once again. He went in for what's called a myelogram. That's where they use a large (cringe) needle and inject dye up into the spine. Then they take CT scan pictures of your spine. It's sort of an all day thing because you have to come home and lay flat for the rest of the day or you run the risk of a spinal fluid headache which is more like a migraine. 

Next up was an EMG which is a nerve conduction test. I swear this test is something out of the medieval age. They literally hook wires up to your legs or where ever you're having it done and electric shock you to see how your nerves are working. Extremely uncomfortable and painful test.

Lastly we are awaiting to see his cardiologist to make sure his leg pain and weakness isn't vascular. As you can see, lots going on there. 

I've had some days where I've just not felt well which is probably more from exhaustion than my RA and hormones so I've been down for the count here and there and anything else other than resting and reading was just not on the radar. I was also dealing with a pretty severe migraine headache that lasted for five days. That was fun. (yes that was sarcasm).

I've also been trying to do some batch cooking here and there to make sure there is always something prepared and ready to heat up for dinner for my husband on days where I don't feel so well. 




That's a home made chicken pot pie I made the other day. I've also gone back to Mass finally at a new parish and it's a bit of a drive but I don't mind it. The parish is exactly what my soul has been needing.


Here's another photo of one of the trees downtown. I think they look so cute all dressed up with their pumpkins. 



So friends and family, life has been busy. I'll be back this week with more posts and to visit you all. 

I hope everyone is doing well..

Lots of love, 



16 comments:

  1. Awe, Ill keep you and your husband in my prayers. Those pumpkin trees are cute. There is a house in the neighborhood that has pumpkin trees. That chicken pot pie looks delicious and pretty too. I love chicken pot pie but my husband is not a big fan.
    Lisa

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    1. Hi Lisa
      Thank you so much for the prayers. I'm very blessed that my husband will eat just about anything I put in front of him.. LOL

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  2. Robyn, I feel that you are your husband's caregiver thru this...that is a heavy load. With this virus added to it...you have to be safe on who would even come help you both out. Breaks my heart for you....cause I just had two years with Ted's cancer and transplant battle. My own health was pushed aside . I am now trying to finally get back on track of good health...two years sitting around hospitals and drs. offices has taken it's toll on me also. I am praying for you and husband. That spine pain is going to be rough , Linda at Linda's Life Journal writes about her daughter going thru it. She has had that pain. Blessings to you, Please be strong honey. xoxo, Susie

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    1. Hi Susie,
      Yes, I am is caregiver and have been for many many many years. He was mine for the first seven years of our marriage but now since 2005 he's had so many back surgeries, neck surgery, a heart attack, gall bladder surgery, intestinal blockage, two years ago he ended up in the ICU on a vent with double pneumonia an the flue it's just been one thing after another and truth is, I'm tired but I have to keep going. I just keep leaning on the Lord to provide everything we need both temporally and spiritually. Thank you so much Susie. I do hope you're feeling a bit better and your husband is doing much much better now! XO

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  3. Sorry to hear about your hubby. My dh has had 2 or 3 EMG's and he says same thing. Every time he'd have one he's swear he was never doing that again.

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    1. Yeah my husband has said the same thing but, he were are again!

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  4. I'll be keeping you and your hubby in my prayers. You have your hands full. Just take time to keep your own health up. I love those pumpkin trees. Of course, orange is my favorite color, and it looks great sprinkled throughout the green trees. Enjoy your day, hugs, Edna B.

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    1. Hi Edna,
      I've ben trying to take time for myself when I can. A day here, a day there. Thank you so much for your prayers Edna, they do mean so much XO

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  5. i am so sorry about your husband. Ra and migraines rule my world my friend. That pie looks delicious.

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    1. Im sorry to see this. I was only diagnosed with RA about 7 years ago. I don't take much for it but meloxicam because I can not afford for those other meds they have out for it to make me sicker. I've had migraines for many years and I've been sick for many years but I had no idea that migraines an be part of the RA? Hubby said the chicken pot pie was delicious!

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  6. I'm so sorry to hear of your husbands pain. I have blown discs and pain but I am too afraid to get more indepth testing. Just not ready yet. And your migraines! No doubt all the stress and all. YOu take care of yourself.

    I've never made a chicken pot pie - something I might look into. I've got the time, these days. Blessings and Hugs and hoping for better days for you and your husband.

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    1. Hi Debby,
      I completely understand. When it comes to back surgery you have to feel it is the right time and you have to trust and be comfortable with your doctors. I pray you are not in too much pain.

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  7. To add insult to injury at the nerve conduction doctor's office and exam rooms, he had huge photos of spectacular lightning strikes. I just sat there and cringed, thinking how unsympathetic those displays were. I began to think he loved to cause pain! Being a doctor, you would think he would know how those displays might affect his patients.

    I have back problems and can barely walk, but I have not elected to have surgery and this pandemic is likely to cause me to never have any relief.

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    1. Oh goodness.. That is a man who shouldn't be a doctor! It shows to his compassion. Im sorry about your back problems. My husband has had so many surgeries and so much pain for many many years I sympathize deeply with you XO

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  8. Love the trees! Cute, cute, cute. So very sorry about the migraines. I know they are awful. I seldom have them these days, but for years I suffered. Also, very sorry to hear about your husband's pain. Will pray.
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  9. I'm praying for Lou. I'm so sorry. The trees are so beautiful and the pot pie looks delicious! ((HUGS))

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~Robyn~ XO