Tomorrow is Easter!

March 22, 2008 at 10:20 am | Posted in Easter, Neck Pain, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Oh what a crazy day yesterday was.

I went to my orthopedic doctor about my neck troubles and told him that the shot in my neck did absolutely nothing good and he agreed that it was time for surgery.  So I am having my surgery for my neck trouble on MARCH 31!

We have to be at the hospital at 6:30 in the morning.  The surgery is supposed to take approximately two hours and I’ll be in the hospital from two to three days.  I’ll wear a hard neck brace for a week or so, then move to a soft brace.  Yuck!  But he said that the pain should be relieved.  I woke up hurting this morning in my neck and down my left arm.  It will be hard to go through the surgery and recovery but worth it.

Tomorrow is Easter!

We didn’t make it to Mass last night – I was totally exhausted from yesterday’s visit to the doctor and then to the hospital for my pre-admission testing (that took nearly two hours).

Mass on Thursday was wonderful.  We re-enacted the foot washing at the Last Supper.  My dear friend, Doris, picked me to wash my feet.  We both cried, it was so emotional.  I never realized how much our Lord loved his disciples, to do something so intimate….  It was a very humbling experience to have my feet washed by a dear friend….

We are going to Mass tomorrow at 6:00 am.  Wow!  I have the clock set to wake me up at 4:00 am.  Tonight I think I’ll go to bed super EARLY!

Okay, off to my Friends’ Page…….

~ Patty

Hello, Thursday!

March 20, 2008 at 11:57 am | Posted in Medicare, Neck Pain, Uncategorized, Weather | Leave a comment

It’s a beautiful day…..the rain finally stopped and the flooding is going away.  Things were pretty hairy around here.  One young man (age 19) was swept away and drowned in a local creek.  At least four others have drowned in flood-related news.

But now it’s going to be in the 60s and the sun is shining!  My ds only has half a day of school and is off tomorrow for Good Friday.  I have an appointment with Dr. O to check on the progress of my neck…..I had some numbness on Sunday (my hand and my elbow went numb before church).  Other than that and the pain that went on the day of the epidural injection, things have been fine.  So, I guess we don’t have to do anything until things AREN’T fine.  Am going to ask about surgery, though.  As dh tells me, we can do everything we want to to ease the symptoms, but without surgery itself, the problem won’t go away.  I don’t want surgery right now – I think my wl surgery is the priority – but I will eventually need the neck surgery to get rid of these bone spurs.

I have my copy of the stress test to mail to the surgeon in Columbia.  And my nephrologist is supposed to send my clearance letter next week.  He’s out of the office this week and part of next.  I have a call in to my primary care physician, asking her to request the pulmonary function test for me at the local hospital.  So I’ve done all I can for now to meet my requirements for my file to be submitted to insurance (Medicare).

I need to contact Medicare to see if they’ve added Part B yet.  My dh had to take a Medicare form to his HR department and have them complete it.  They did, and they mailed it in to Medicare.  Now I need to see if it’s official….that means a long phone call LOL

Okay, that’s it for me.  Maybe I’ll BBL.

~ Patty

I’m human again! Plus other musings………

March 12, 2008 at 9:51 am | Posted in Bully, Neck Pain, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Jeepers, yesterday was a day to forget!

I had my epidural injection in the morning.  We took off for Springfield around 7:30 in order to make it through traffic and get there by 8:00 am.  The sun was directly in our faces, so driving was a challenge.  But we made it.  They took me back just at 9:00 am and the doctor/anesthesiologist came immediately to tell me about the procedure.  As soon as he did that, the nurse gave me my IV and checked my sugar (it was 118) and part of the sedative.  I said “goodbye” to Doris and was wheeled back…they gave me the rest of the sedative and turned me over onto my stomach.  I was still AWAKE…for some reason, I thought the sedative would have knocked me out…that’s what I wanted anyway LOL  So, I was awake and listening to the procedure…I heard everything…not what I wanted!  It was not painful although I did feel the first needle poke…

Afterwards they wheeled me to recovery and gave me some juice; I’m sure that my sugar was dropped lower by then, it was around 10:00 am.  Doris came in and sat with me while I had my juice.  Soon the nurse said it was alright to leave.  We went to the Waffle House.  Yummy!  I had a pecan waffle, scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon and scattered hashbrowns with onions and toast and an iced tea.  Too much food, I know, but since I had been fasting since the night before, I was STARVING!

Then we went to Kohl’s to shop.  I was feeling alright, just a bit goofy from the sedative.  I purchased a really cute polo shirt, it’s white with green dots.  All shades of green.  It’ll be perfect for Monday’s blood drive (Monday is my saint’s day:  St. Patrick!).  This morning at Walmart I purchased a pair of tiny green earrings to go with it!

After we shopped…it must have been around 1:30 pm, we decided it was time to leave.  On the way home, my left shoulder started hurting so badly.  Doris asked if I wanted to go to the ER but I said nope, I just needed to sit and get some Tylenol.  So we picked up ds from school, she dropped me off at my Mom’s and my Mom gave me some pain pills. 

By the time dh came for us, I was in severe pain.  It wasn’t constant but it came and went.  He took us for dinner at the local family restaurant and then home.  I didn’t do a darned thing but sit.  Sleeping was rough, it was after 11:00 pm before I fell asleep.  This morning it doesn’t hurt so much but it’s tender.  I’ve got a bandage on the back of my neck that I kept on during my shower.  I’ll take it off tonight before bed.

The KICKER in all of this is that the doc told me that I should come back EVERY FOUR WEEKS for this shot.  WTH?  Dr. O told me that it might take 2 or 3 sessions to get the pain gone but he didn’t say I would need to come back once a month forever like the doc yesterday.  There’s no way I’m doing that, I’d rather investigate surgery.  As dh said, these shots are NOT curing the problem, they’re handling the SYMPTOMS of numbness…in order to stop the problem, I need to get those bone spurs removed.  And that means surgery.  So when I see Dr. O on the 21st, I’m asking about surgery.  Not that I want surgery, but I don’t want to have to go back every month for this. 

Okay………….

Back to the bully situation.  The B wasn’t at school yesterday and ds said he had a great day.  He didn’t tug on his hair or act upset or nervous all evening.  He ate all of his dinner and played next door with the neighbor boy and his friend.  Today we are meeting with the school principal.  I have a copy of the school handbook and it definitely states that “harassment” of students is NOT allowed and is grounds for being suspended.  So is “violence against another student” and I know that has happened twice – this child has caused bodily harm to two other boys.  My son and others witnessed it – but the child (B) was not suspended.  When I questioned the teacher, the stated that the punishment was being handled “in school” and that was that.  I am going to also ask today to see my son’s school file and see the documentation that the teacher and principal should be keeping regarding the conferences we have been having.  I’ll bet you $20 there isn’t one scrap of information in his file!  Not once has the teacher taken notes during our conferences………..

I’ve been trying to not get over-emotional with this and to try and stay calm.  I know that the Lord says to “turn the other cheek” and to love with all my heart and soul.  I know that’s the lesson to teach my son and we’ve been trying to tell him to just walk away from B, to laugh things off that he tells him….but when my son said yesterday that B calls him names….when my child asked me “Is being gay a bad thing?  Mom, B says that I’m gay and that I’m bad”, then I cannot just sit and do nothing.  I have tried to pray for this child…one of my first AA sponsors taught me a long time ago that when someone pains me, I should pray for them at least SEVEN days in a row, asking God to bless them and watch over them…honestly I have tried but it’s so hard.  I know he’s just a CHILD, but he’s tormenting my child and others and he needs to be stopped.  His parents (divorced, but still his parents!) need to make changes to help this child.  Our children are supposed to be in a loving, Christian environment while they’re at school.  Being harassed and called names are not loving.  Things like this should not be allowed.  PERIOD.

So that’s where I am today.  Confused over my emotions….angry and hurt.  And trying to pray.  And with an aching neck.  Bleah!

~ Patty

Hello, Monday!

March 10, 2008 at 12:51 pm | Posted in American Diabetes Association's School Walk for Diabetes, Church, Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, Neck Pain, Out for Supper, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

EIGHT DAYS to go!  I am ready to leave right NOW!

Anyway, I’m at the town’s library.  This morning has been really busy.  My friend Marilyn and I delivered posters for the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Blood Drive on March 17.  Then we delivered a news release that she typed up…delivered that to the local paper.  Then I ran over to the school to sort out the prizes that the children won for taking part in our American Diabetes Association School Walk for Diabetes.  Then I went to lunch (yummy, Cajun food!) and now I’m here.

I have to search for some books….have to remember how to type the author’s last name….her genre is Amish, her name is Bruschetter, I think….anyway since I’m here I can search the shelves and the computer.

Last night we went over to Pulaskifield for the Lenten services (for the Sacrament of Reconciliation) and then they served dinner, so I didn’t have to cook!  The only thing is, I had a roast in the oven….so we will have it tonight.

Tomorrow is my appointment in Springfield to have my epidural/injections for my neck problem.  I am sort of nervous.  My left eye was twitching last night while I was thinking about it.  We have to be there by 9:00 am, so we have to leave here around 7:30 am since we will have to deal with traffic.  Boo!

Anyway, I’m sort of nervous.  I need to pray about it, that will help.

Okay, off to check out my Friends’ Page.

Maybe I’ll BBL?

~ Patty

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