Last week ended up being busier than I'd expected. I've spent several more hours than I usually do on school discussion forums (all my classes are online, so making a post and replying to one or two others counts as most of our participation grade). Last week in my communications course we had to pick a slogan from a political campaign or advertisement and discuss what was used (short phrase, catchy tune) and how this made it effective. I chose "but you don't look sick" and gave a link to "The Spoon Theory." I explained the meaning behind the words and how this brings together those who have chronic illnesses and the other people in their lives. This is an excellent reminder to me that things we say and do, no matter how insignificant at the time, can go on to have a great impact on the lives of others. A few classmates responded and I ended up posting a link to the small website I made for one of my web design assignments. I know at least one of them intended to visit both sites to learn more.
DS13 had an appointment at an asthma clinic (all good news - this is the healthiest he's been respiratory-wise in years). DS16 is dealing with the usual teenage stuff and he's mad at us for getting him in to counseling, so he's moody. He's currently griping DS13 for asking what game he's playing.
I hope you're all staying warm and healthy. There are so many illnesses being spread it can be hard to fight them off. Any little thing we catch seems to turn into not-so-little things that don't want to go away. I am over what I was sick with a couple of weeks ago, but I'm having another one of my cold days. One would think this would not be a problem considering I'm covered with a snuggy and an electric blanket (turned on), and using my laptop. On days like this I usually warm up around 8 - and then I'm burning up for the rest of the evening. There is no happy medium when it comes to my body temperature
Time to finish up the last of the reading I have to do for this week's schoolwork. See you all later
Happy birthday to your grandson, MiMi! Seven is a great age.
I'm walking a bit better today. I don't remember if I mentioned it, but the doctor I saw last week changed my low dose tramadol tylenol to a time release version without tylenol. I've taken that and a muscle relaxer, and I'm about to use the heating pad. I think I'll be ok at work today as long as I'm really careful. Thank goodness I don't have the kindergarteners today! They sometimes require a lot of time spent crouching down to their height. At least I'm short so it isn't too much of a drop
I hope you're all having a lovely day today. Our high has been in the upper 40s lately, with no rain (probably why I healed so quickly from my appointment). That will be changing as it's supposed rain three days this week.
Time to get started on this week's schoolwork. Four weeks in to the semester and I'm ready for a break At least it's not time for finals yet - DS16 has two today.
I've been in rough shape the past few days and I'm not quite back to 'normal' yet. The doctor I saw Wednesday did something to my hip and it still isn't quite back to normal. Some of my most painful spots are along the outer side of my hips and legs. I was trying to explain the pain I've been feeling along the top of my pelvic bone, but she kept pressing right where my hip and leg meet. It's felt like there is something wedged deep in there. Both hips, my lower back, and my right leg were hurting nonstop. Friday and Saturday were my worst days, and I had to call in on Friday since I couldn't walk without holding onto something. I took muscle relaxers, kept a heating pad along my right side, and tried stretching to ease it, which eventually helped. I am not looking forward to work tomorrow. I haven't walked or stood for more than a few minutes at a time and my job requires me to be on my feet for an hour straight. I'll make it through, though, and DH will most likely drive me so I won't have to worry about getting there and back home.
I've run out of time. Both kids are out of the house this afternoon and DH & I are going to find something non kid approved to watch. I hope you've all had a lovely weekend
I'm having a not-so-good morning today and I am so thankful I felt well enough yesterday to make the breakfast cookies. I put them in a bag in my desk, so I'll be able to eat one while I wait for meds to kick in.
My fingers hurt, so I need to stop typing. Hope you all stay warm, safe, and have a low pain day
Just on for a minute. I had an appointment with my doctor's intern today. She changed my low dose pain med to an extended release version without tylenol and is referring me to a pain clinic. She's also checking in to see how they do the testing for sleep apnea here, so I'll be referred for that once she knows. I'm getting another test run, too.
It will probably take a long time before I'm seen for sleep apnea and at the pain clinic, but who knows...maybe the doctors will change something and I'll start feeling better?
I'm on for a bit before I head to the kitchen to make something (or a couple of somethings) I can use for quick breakfasts. I'm thinking lemon-cranberry scones and some kind of oatmeal breakfast 'cookie.' I took my lower dose tramadol early yesterday morning and again before work - I made it all the way through my day, including several trips up and down stairs, and even cooked dinner! It was a very easy dinner to make, but it's still a heck of a lot more than I'm usually able to do. So one breakfast recipe will be my goal for today and I'll make a second if I'm feeling up to it.
When I take the low dose tramadol twice a day, my pain levels are so much lower and I can accomplish so much more. Unfortunately, neither tramadol prescriptions I use (one low dose, one time-release) are covered. It was $200 to get them filled last month and I'm almost out of the low dose version. *Someday* I'm going to have a job with additional medical/prescription coverage so it will all be covered. You know...now that I think about it...that's really my main employment goal. It's probably a good thing I didn't put that in the assignment I turned in last week. It was an introduction/what year & program are you in/employment goals assignment. Hhmm. I wonder what the instructor's reaction would have been lol
MiMi - I am so glad your husband was able to get in to see a doctor. I hope the meds work quickly and he takes it easy this week.
Nancy B. - I'm glad you made it home safely yesterday and you don't have to get out in the cold today. Hopefully, you'll get in for injections soon.
Time to get moving or I'll end up on here all morning I managed to finish everything for one course yesterday and I'm starting the more time-consuming coursework today.
I spent the majority of yesterday getting started on my schoolwork for this week. I've got 4 chapters to read, dozens of websites to look over, several videos to watch, two assignments, and posts and replies to make in discussion forums. Almost forgot the actual lecture materials and quiz (last week's 'quiz' was 9 pages long and had over 70 questions!) I made it through most of the lecture notes [which can be an ordeal on its own - I have to copy everything from the website, paste it into a new word document, and then edit it for misspellings, tab settings, and to make it flow well (like not having a bullet list with the first bullet item on one page and the rest on the next page)>, read through 3/4 of the websites, watched a couple of videos, and read over one of the assignments. I'd intended to get started on reading one of the chapters, but I was way too tired after reading through the revised assignment.
Today I hope to print my course lectures (and finish reading them), read the remaining websites, and watch the videos I haven't seen yet, and read both chapters for my media course. If I can, I'll get the assignment underway, too. I have to get everything done early for this course so I can concentrate on the communications course the rest of the week. Thank goodness I don't have any group work this semester!
I hope everyone's doing well this week My fever FINALLY broke yesterday and I am now back to my normal temp...which isn't 'normal' since it's usually around 97.5 instead of 98.6. I am starting to feel better today. DH has been driving me to work nearly every day this winter and he runs errands after dropping me off. We ran out of my favorite syrup-type medicine Saturday, so he bought a big bottle for me yesterday.
I received some good news at work yesterday. I've been worried about taking the two days off last week since I wasn't sure how many sick hours I had saved up (I only work an hour a day - at least half the time, it's the longest hour of my day lol). Apparently we were all given notices with that information either after I left work Wednesday or on one of the days I was at home sick. I had 16 hours saved up What a relief! I'm starting to consider going ahead and calling in on some of my bad FMonster days. I usually reserve calling in for when I can't walk without holding onto something. This means I'm going in on days when I know if I go in to work, I won't be able to function at all for the rest of the day, and it will take several days to get myself back to 'normal.'
MiMi - I hope your DH is well soon and the illness doesn't spread to you (or anyone else, for that matter).
A quick note about gabapentin - I've been taking it for over a year now (3 times a day). It's not perfect and it doesn't do anything for the joint, bone, or nerve pain, but it does help with the muscle pain. I can tell when I've missed a dose or taken it later than usual, so I try to stay on top of it.View Thread
I've made it downstairs and I'm loosening up with my electric blanket. Heat is the one non-drug thing I can do to relieve my FMonster pain (someone from a FB group I'm in used this term and it's now my favorite lol). As with anything else, it doesn't relieve all my pain and sometimes it doesn't do anything but make me less cold.
My temp is (finally) coming down. I am hoping this means I'll be able to go to work on Monday. I'm already missing 3 days this month and one next month.
I don't remember if I told you all last week, but I may have to change my program. It will take another year...possibly two...to get the minimum library courses required (some are only offered once a year) and I'm missing 3 or 4 non-library courses. I was told yesterday my department head is writing a letter to reply for my request for accommodations. I should know in the next week or two if I will be able to stay in the program. I really hate knowing when I joined the program it would have been no trouble to complete it....and two years later I know there is no way I am physically capable of it as two of the main courses are designed. If they won't be able to accommodate me, I'll set up a meeting with an academic adviser to see what program I would (...currently, anyway) be able to do.
MiMi - I hope your DH can get a break so he can start feeling better again. Is it bad enough he should be seen by a doctor? DS16 had a bad cough and felt horrible a while back. I ended up taking him to the ER (after a drop-in clinic had said it was most likely just a virus and the doctor wouldn't do a chest x-ray to confirm). He had pneumonia! This is the kid who is *never* sick. I'm still not quite sure how my super-healthy kid ended up with pneumonia, while my kid with asthma who (up until last summer) spent most of the past 4 years sick with one respiratory illness after another never developed it.
I believe I am now sufficiently thawed to find something for breakfast. And make tea, which is more important than breakfast.
My friend's son turned 3 months old this week. He's adorable! We've been talking about her bringing her husband and baby boy to come visit next year. We've kept in touch online but haven't seen each other since DS16 was in preschool and DS13 was an infant. It will be quite the reunion
My goodness your GCs have grown! I remember you talking about one of your GSs when he was a toddler. I'm guessing he must be GS4. It's wonderful you live close enough to them to see them. My kids miss out on that, but it's a healthier environment up here (not to mention the whole immigration process since DH is from Canada).
Thank you very much I am really hoping I can go to work Monday. I have to take off work for an exam next month and a medical appointment for DS13 this month.
I'm sorry I disappeared again. I ended up catching this flu crud that's making its rounds. I barely made it through work Wednesday and since then have spent all day on the couch or recliner. DH and DS13 have been very helpful, and DS16 has been a bit more open than usual (he's the typical irritable teen). DS13 made cookie dough yesterday and hasn't gotten around to baking any yet, so I may try to get a dozen or so made today. DH doesn't think I'm contagious anymore, but my temp is about 2* higher than my norm. I'm not sure if I'm starting my 'after illness' flare early or it's just me being sick, so I've been avoided taking pain meds.
MiMi - How old is your grandson? A friend of mine has a baby boy (her first) who is probably close to the same age. I hope your GS is able to outgrow his medical issue and the new meds work well
Cory - I am amazed at how much we end up doing while dealing with this. I'm glad your new med seems to be working. Hopefully, this will work well enough to give you a bit more energy to work on your projects. It sounds like you know what you're doing with your bathroom
I think I'm going to try to play WoW a bit. It can do an excellent job of distracting me from how I'm feeling