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
Thank you all for the warm welcome back! I'm adding individual replies here and I'll check in on today's post
Linda R. - Thanks and I'm trying to remember to pace! I'm to the point where it's difficult to find the courses I need. The diploma program I'm in only offers some courses online once every two or three years. This semester, there was only one library course offered online that I hadn't already taken. Talk about frustrating! I am running into problems getting my non-library courses from other departments for the same reason.
Bette - No, we can't install a shower seat. Ours is way too small. DH bought me a new shower head with a hose a few weeks ago. When I take a shower, I have to use shampoo bottles and the shelves to hold it in the right position for me (if it's up where it's supposed to be, the water hits the top of the back of my head). It makes rinsing off much easier and I can adjust the settings so the spray doesn't hurt my skin much. I've zeroed in on what part of taking a shower hurts the most - it's drying off afterwards. I'm learning to dry off differently to lessen the pain, but it still hurts quite a bit and leaves my skin extremely sensitive.
Cory - My disability coordinator helped me write a letter to the department head. We are asking for other options for the work site visits and to do my practicum in the summer. The letter should arrive by this afternoon, but it could go to a panel or as high as the dean. We'll see. I explained to my coordinator all the things I've done to keep myself functioning, so they'll know I really am doing the best I can to continue.
I haven't been on in way too long. I get wrapped up in whatever's going on and lose track of pretty much anything not directly related to whatever I'm doing. Most of the time it's school or family issues...which are both hard to manage some months.
My two boys are now 13 and 16, and DS13 is almost as tall as I am (DS16 was my height at about 11). We are well into the defiant teenage years, but the good moments are worth the frustration. Both of them have a lot in common with me. Unfortunately, these are usually the things that end up starting the most arguments or miscommunications. DS13 and I both love to cook (and hate the cleanup afterwards lol) and DS16 and I cause ourselves a lot of heartache by taking on what other people are feeling and trying to solve all their problems. It took until I was in therapy a few years ago before I recognized how destructive this can be for me. Recognizing that someone is in pain and letting them know I am there for whatever help they may want are good things - but I have to stop myself before I really feel their pain. (Incidentally, this is why I chose to not pursue a social work degree after my first semester - I would not be able to leave my 'work' at 'work.')
I am nearly done with my actual (non-specialized) library program courses. The only problem is two of the most important classes are ones that I cannot take as they are designed. One is a work site visit course that requires out of town driving each week (new site each week) and one overnight trip, and the other is a 70 hour practicum. I stopped driving out of town last summer and DH drives me to work almost every day. The practicum is set up to be done in less than a month. Both courses are only offered in the winter, and a few days a week I can barely manage my 1 hour a day job. I have an appointment with my disability coordinator in two hours to write a letter to the department head asking if there are any accommodations that can be made. If they can't accommodate me, I really don't know what I'll do. As it is, I am down to sponge baths 3 or 4 days a week because of the amount of time it takes to recover from showering, and I have to be home by 4 everyday because my pain levels are so high by the afternoon. I'm feeling more than a little lost and wondering if I should be looking for a job I can do from home.
Now that I'm done venting, I've got to run. I made myself a schedule for today so I could fit in everything I have to do before I leave and I'm already running late lol I've glanced through a few days' worth of posts and I'm happy to see some familiar faces I'll try to catch up again soon.