November 4, 2021

Need To Slow Down

 


Hi Everyone.. Yes I took that photo this past summer one night when the sky looked like it was on fire. The Summers here are long and hot but the sunsets and sun rises in South Carolina are just beyond beautiful....

Its been a very, very busy week and I am glad it's near over. Monday was a total disaster. It was one of those days where everything that could go wrong, went wrong, it was incredibly stressful and one of those days you thought would just never end. Thankfully, God worked everything out in his way and timing and Monday did end. This same day my husband went in for a three hour test on his spine which ended up only taking about 2 hours. more on that later. 

The first few days of each month are so busy for me because that's when I do all the food shopping (I shop for the month), meal planning, bill paying etc and along with my every day stuff and medical stuff for both my husband and myself. 

Tuesday I had to go to Costco. Hadn't been there in a few months so I needed to stock up on some items and to my surprise it wasn't as expensive as I thought it was going to be. Walmart however, was. It was actually more than I figured... The dollar sure doesn't go far anymore these days.

Wednesday we met with my husbands back surgeon to get the results of his MRI and Myelogram and to our shock he said there is nothing surgically wrong that needs to be fixed. This is good and bad because it doesn't explain why he's in horrific pain yet again. The doctor wants to keep investigating. Next up is another EMG (nerve conduction test, yes it's painful) if nothing there, then an MRI of his neck since he has had his neck fused at one time also and if nothing there on to a neurologist. The bottom line is, there was always the possibility because of the severe damage to my husbands spine and nerves from all the surgeries and the degenerative disk disease that one day he would end up in a wheelchair and this, may be it. We will just have to see. 

I was able to get my MRI scheduled for the 23rd on my shoulder to see if I have a torn rotator cuff and or metastatic cancer. I only hope I can get through it. I've never had one before, my husband has had many... They are VERY loud and VERY tight and I am VERY claustrophobic. So the way  I am looking at it is, I will try my best to get through it. If I can't, I can't.... then they will have to figure something else out.

Today I am taking it as easy as possible which isn't very possible with a husband, five dogs and chickens but I am trying. I got some laundry drying at the moment, I cut up and froze some fresh peaches for my banana, mango and peach smoothies, Of course I fed everyone, did the dishes, cleaned the kitchen, made the bed, put laundry away, made a smoothie, paid some bills etc and now I am just reading blogs. 

Going to try and take it as easy as I can the next few days...

Hope you are all well..

God bless you and keep you.



10 comments:

  1. I had to have an MRI once at at first I started to panic a little, but somehow I got myself calmed down and then I was fine. The loudness and clicking noises didn't bother me. Just the feeling of being a bit trapped. I just kept taking deep breaths. Plus I knew ahead of time I might get a little panicky so I was ready for that feeling. I would think since they are just doing your shoulder, maybe they don't need to put you all the way in? I'm not sure how it works, it's been so long.

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    1. Unfortunately they do have to put me all the way in. I asked the girl when she called to confirm but she did say that the machine they use isn't as small like the one in the hospital and that even though the noise is there they will be talking to me the whole time.. I'll take it a moment at a time and rely on Jesus and we will see how it all shakes out..

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  2. Why not ask if you can take a sedative pre MRI? They ask if our patients require sedation before the MRI on our requisitions - might be easier for you that way!

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    1. Yes I am thinking about asking for a valium before I go.. Have to call the doctor

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  3. What a beginning to your month! I recently had another MRI for my lower back surgery coming in 6 weeks. I would certainly check on the medication they can give you before you start the MRI. They had given me the option but said I would need someone to drive me home so I decided to do it without the meds.

    One trick I use for myself is that before my head gets to the tunnel I close my eyes and don't open them up again until after it is over. I also try to have a list of fairly good things to think about once it starts like what will I treat myself with after it is over, planning an upcoming meal for my grands. Also I think about music I might like played while inside in case they have that option.

    Good luck on the MRI and all the other challenges you are facing!

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    1. Hi Diana,
      I was thinking of doing these exact same things. I don't know if I should try it with a valium as well.. Maybe both would be best?.... Best of luck with your upcoming surgery!

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  4. You sound really busy! I do hope you can slow down a bit and rest! I also hope your MRI experience goes well and the results will all be good. Take care.

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    1. Thank you so much. Thats exactly what I am doing today!

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  5. Hey, new reader here! So I injured my back 3 years ago, and traditional medicine (including MRIs) have never showed anything other than minor arthrosis. The BEST thing I did for my back was to get into a specialized massage therapist for it (after I dropped hundreds and hundreds of dollars on physical therapy and traditional medicine, which got me nowhere). My massage therapist does a special technique with separating out the muscle fibers by applying his weight at various angles. It hurts like crazy (and is not a pleasant experience), but I finally have hope that I might be pain-free at last! I also coupled the massage therapy with some chiropractic work, which I'd also never tried before. Those two things together did wonders, and now I no longer have to rely on pain meds to get me through hard days. Anyway, just figured I'd pass it along!

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  6. Robin, I am happy Lou doesn't have to have surgery..Hopefully they can find out what is causing his pain..Robyn here they have a MRI machine they call an open MRI..It isn't open but it is better than the closed tube one and not nearly as loud..It is loud but they give you earphones.. Hope they have it there too...Hugs Loretta

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