Good afternoon everyone. I left work today at 12:30 to make an appt. in the next town at 2:30. It was with a Physiatrist to asses and treat my chronic back pain. It's all part of me trying to be ahead of the game if I can. For a long time I was just not really giving a crap and pressing on. Time to kick preventative measures in high gear.
He looked at my x-ray and found a bone spur, degenerative changes in my lumbar, early for my age. We talked about measures to improve my pain levels. Number one being PT. I am all for PT but warned him it costs me a fortune. He set it up for 2 visits for now where they will teach me, then watch me do exercises. Number two would be steroid injections. I am in good shape and have dealt with this daily for over 10 years, overall for 18. I have my doubts that PT will solve this but I am open to try anything. I wish it was that simple.
On a good note the sun was bright and wonderful today. It was -8 for the high though. School will be closed again for sure. Wind chills of -45 for the day tomorrow and -22 for the low tonight. After that mess it will warm up some. They said this is the second coldest winter here on record. I have no trouble believing that.
They do grow up too fast. I have a hard time believing my oldest is 13 and his shoes are almost as big as mine. He will be over 6' tall for sure. I will have to look up to him.
I do hope you are all doing well and keeping warm. Think spring! Take car everyone.
Good evening all. With the predicted wind chills of -35 tonight and in the am, they have cancelled school. They have a 4 day week here so that means they will have school Friday to make up for it. I would not be surprised if the same happens the next two days as well. It will be even colder then.
We had just enough snow to bring out the snowblower. I did my house and one other I always care for. That was it, I am fully flared up again. All my pains are back in full swing. I will make it to work but thank god I only work until 12:30. Frustrated...I took a flexeril as soon as I got in. The heating pad and recliner are my friends right now.
We did get our taxes done today. We go to HnR Block since it is close to home and I don't have to mess with them. I am sure I could easily do them myself, but I will gladly pay good money to have them done in 25 minutes. We are getting some back, not a lot. I try not to give the government a huge interest free loan.
The body is not good at all but the spirit is today. I am greatful for that.
Good morning everyone. We are cold here of course, single digits with -18 for tonight. Two very cold nights ahead then we are to be up a bit. Heating oil is very expensive. I swapped it out for a natural gas furnace in 2001. Here we have a shortage of propane and the prices are in the $5 range. They are also capping how many gallons you can buy. This is tough for many who live out of town and rely on it as their only source of heat. It is good to have two sources up north in case one is faulty or cost is too high.
I am still in a flare of sorts, but doing a little better each day. They seem to come on with a bang then slowly fade over days. When it's full on I wish I had some better tools to keep me from going crazy, something for pain that does not make me feel goofy. I will talk to my doc on the next visit. They seem to get worse each time.
Yesterday was pretty restful. I had to give myself a little nudge but I managed to do my 20 minutes on the elliptical. That is all I need each day to keep fit. I do not need to lose more than 3-4 lbs, just a little soft spot in the middle. I get the heart rate up and the blood flowing good. It always makes me feel better afterwards. In the afternoon we went to the DW's grandfathers 90th birthday party. He still has his wits and lives alone in a subsidized building where one of his 8 children is nearby. After the party we went to a friends for dinner and games. They are a fun bunch and our kids are all close.
I have not had to work on the bath project, this is good because I am not really up for it this weekend, and bad because it is where it was a week ago. I need more supplies then it will move quickly, on a weekend where I am doing better.
Nancy B, you and Mimi are very wise. None of us are as wise as we would like, with are years I would like to think we all get wiser. Wouldn't it be nice to have our current wisdom even 5 years ago? I know I could have used it a few times.
I have a few things to do today, I have to fill out papers for an appointment with the physical medicine and rehabilitation clinic for my back. I do hope they can help me with it. If they want me to do 20 sessions of PT I am out. I can't afford it. I will go for a few to learn what I need though. It has gone on far too long.
I hope you all have a wonderful day. Take care everyone.
Good evening everyone. It was almost 30 here today but we had light snow for most of it. Tomorrow's high is in the single digits agan. We went to the next town to get some supplies for the project and run other errands. The DW talked me into some new clothes. I haven't bought any in some time. After we ran all the other errands we went to Menards to get the supplies and it was just too sloppy out to bring drywall all the way home over 30 miles. We ended up getting all the small things on the list for the job instead. This still helped and we had a good day together.
I am still pretty rough today so I am glad I did not have to do any heavy lifting. It will all get done eventually. I still have some things I can do until we get the rest of the things we need.
Mimi, yes, the fans must be in reverse in winter so they pull cooler air up and bring the heat down. It makes the air mix together better and the temps more even. This also keeps them from blowing on you. Most I have seen have a switch on outside of the housing.
My in-laws have snow in Texas, just a dusting shut the schools and many other things down. Here we only do if it too deep to walk in. It's funny how that works. I would not want to be on the roads with Texans in the white stuff.
I I hope you all have a good night. Take care everyone.
Good evening all, After work I had to help a good neighbor by adding oil to her car. Once there I realized the wind had buried the sidewalk through the property that I keep clear. I had to spare my back and grab the snowblower. It was too dense to shovel but the machine did the job quickly. I went home and showered, then started to make dinner. I was not up for it at all. The DW called and suggested I kick back and she brought take and bake pizza. This was very thoughtful and timed impeccably. After dinner my DS of 10 had lied about completing all of his homework and melted down, this took a while to recover from, and DW went to bed very early. I did not get to visit with her much.
I have been using my new elliptical machine more than every other day. It feels very good when I do. I tried to push and do it yesterday and made it for 15 minutes, I usually do 20 but accepted my limits for the day. Today was not even an option.
I must not be grinning and bearing it well enough at work lately. My upper level department boss kept asking me how I was and how things were going. I would smile and tell him good things.Things there are going well for the job side, not good in me. I just tried to stay busy and kept to myself the last two days. A third would have been nearly impossible.
Tomorrow is a new day and although this day is shot I will stay positive, and pace as best I can.
I cannot say thank you enough for the support and thoughts I get here. I am thinking of you all as well.
Here's hoping for a great day tomorrow for us all.
Good afternoon Mimi, Jessi, and all who follow. I had another rough day with the dragon. I wish I knew what to do. The one thing I can do is take tomorrow off of work, I did. My body is cranky in all of it's usual places. and a new one. Hopefully the new one fades, they have a habit of not going away once they appear.
We get a warmer day tomorrow, then back in the deep freeze. I figured it would be a great day to take off and try to heal up. I do have to get materials for the bath project, but we will have all day now instead of cramming it in after work.
Mimi, I am glad your husband is on the up. I hope it goes away soon and he can feel like himself again.
Jessi, I hope your pain went down and you had a good day.
To all, I will check back later, take care everyone.
Yup, it's cold here again. Who would have thought? The wind is gusting to 25mph right now at -8. It will be another bitter morning trip to work. My little old house is showing it's drafty spots tonight. Usually they are pretty hard to find, but this evening the N. side of the house is quite cold. In my chair with my feet off of the floor it's cozy though.
I had a rough afternoon today. My pain shot way up in a short period of time. I am not sure what set it off, but I am guessing the time I was out this afternoon and evening. I had to run to drop off a bill, stop and check on my mom, get gas, and get groceries. All in this lovely weather. Now it is quiet and I can relax, hopefully sleeping well soon.
It's good to see all the replies here today. I wish I had the time to reply to all. Here is to a good night's rest and a better day tomorrow. Take care everyone.
Good evening everyone. It was a frigid morning, seemingly the coldest yet with the wind. Chills were measuring in the -40 range when I went to work. I bundled up good. A little clipper is bringing light snow tonight so it won't be nearly as cold tomorrow am.
My cousin sent me a message today. I don't see or hear from her much. She is about a year an a half older than I. She has fibro and RA. We are both trying to figure out family history as well as what is going on with ourselves. She has now been diagnosed with palindromic RA. It affects tendons around joints causing swelling, pain, and feeling like sprains or tendonitis. They treat it with short term Prednisone for flares. It was interesting to me as my tendons give me trouble as well, and Prednisone made me feel like I was 20 again.
It was a pretty good day overall. I woke too early and was tired, but felt alright. When I get out of my chair in the evening I don't feel like I am playing out the evolution of man.
Mimi, I used to think about the same. I loved winter and as much snow as we could get. I shrugged off the cold and hated the heat of summer. I sure have changed my tune.
I hope you all have a good night. Take care of everyone.
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Mary, I take Gabapentin for soft tissue pain. They never diagnosed me with anything yet, fibro was suggested and I am treated as such. My joints are painful as well and the Gabapentin did not seem to help that. My rheumatologist put me on a 6 month trial of Plaquenil for joint inflammation. Oddly, they could not find much evidence of inflamation but said I could try it. It seems to help but it's too early to be sure. I am 10 days into it. I had the same issue, no oomph left after work to do anything.
Good evening Mimi and all. As they said it would, the temp is almost 30 degrees colder today than yesterday. It will be cold for a bit but spring is closer every day.
Work was a long day, our longest of the week. We do not usually have them on a Monday, but it worked out alright. I had a good person to work with again. It can make the whole day better. I don't really have a problem working with anyone. I like most people.
I am still feeling somewhat better. My main problem joints are still there, but not as bad. I hope it continues. Good stuff.
We have one cat who is about 4 and never sits with people. She was born wild in our neighborhood. She used to hide all the time. Recently she has been sleeping with me and now she is in my lap. I think I finally tamed her.
I hope you all have a great night. Take care everyone.