Monday Monday... freezing my keester off in New England but glad I'm here!
I haven;t been around because I was in Japan for Thanksgiving. What a 10-day trip that was! I did all the bad things - ate tip I was full, walked too much, ran to catch too many trains"026 and paid for it. 700 pics later we had a great time, and I regret nothing!
The day after T-giving I got a sudden pain in my left shoulder blade. BIL offered one of this stick on heat patches, which I used for a couple days. One day DH said some skin came off, oh well, we kept on going. The Monday plane home (13 hours - bleah!) was barely civil, we were packed to the rafters, but we made it.
I called my doc Wed to get a trigger point injection; it should have relieved the spasm. I got in Friday am, we chatted a bit about the trip, he looked at my back, and matter-of-factly said, "You have shingles!" No, I said, that's skin that came off with the heat pad. No, he said, it's shingles. Cripes! He gave me 2 prescrips, one for vicodin (thank you!) and one for a lidopad, something that sticks to you and is infused with lidocaine. Wonderful stuff, let me tell you.
He said I should see my PCP, so I gave him a call. The receptionist asked if I could come in 20 minutes - I said yes! He confirmed the diagnosis, and prescribed an anti-viral med. Even though it was more than 72 hours after onset, he said it's better safe than sorry. Now I'm juggling three more prescriptions, but it's all good. I'll be glad when they're done and I'm feeling better.
With the pain, I never found the had a problem with jet lag. I was sleeping late, catching up, and taking my meds. Before the trip, the PA said I could add melatonin if I wanted to. Never had the chance. When we'd get back to my BIL's house, we'd hit the floor and fall asleep. In site of the pain, it was a great trip.
Stay warm and safe, everyone, and have the best day you can possibly have! LouView Thread
Hello ALl! Finally able to check in, not working today and home from vacation. It's cold here, mid-40s, and just a little overcast.
We were in Japan visiting my BIL and SIL, for 10 days, and it was a great trip! SO much to see and do, and I don't know where to begin! DH and I have been there enough times that we can get around on our own (thanks mostly to an app in our phones). We saw new sights (went to the top of the new telecomm tower in Tokyo), had turkey for Thanksgiving (there's a COSTCO in their neighborhood), and got lost a couple time (who cares, we got back!)
Late last week I developed a muscle spasm behind my left shoulder blade; now the pain is ratting out and includes my left pectoral. NOW I have win between my breast and my ribs. I called the rheumy for a shot in the spasm, but he wants me to see my PCP to rule out a heart attack. WHAT??? This isn't my first spasm here, and I know what it is. I'm not paying $100 to the ER to rule it out, and I'm still waiting to hear from the PCP.
We're still plowing through paperwork after Dad's passing. If I had know there would be SO much, I would have recorded very conversation with him. AARGH!
I'm gonna stop here, so I can wade through more emails from the past couple of weeks. Have the best day you possibly can! LouView Thread
Did anyone else have issues with page layout? When I got here I saw postings PLUS the the code that makes it look the was it does most of the time. HAHA
Cols and snowing lightly in southeastern Mass. Brrr! i flurries for awhile then stops. My fave radio station said it's the first snow, so they play "Let it Snow"! This year, it's by Lady Antebellum.
PT this morning was tough, they just can't get into the most painful spasm in my back, but he's finding others to poke at. Off to do Dad things, then to the eye doc. DH said we have a lot still in the health savings account, so I'll splurge on new glasses.
Gotta head out, I'll see Mom before the finance people. Have the best day you can possibly have! LouView Thread
It's cold here too, 44 now and usually low 40s overnight. I'm not ready for the cold weather. With Dad's fall, I don't feel like I had much of a summer.
In a couple of weeks we're going to Japan, visit with DH's brother and SIL. I hope to see a lot, relax a bit, and come home refreshed. I fear I'll go crazy thinking of everything that has to be done since he passed. I've already overdrawn two checking accounts, and forgot to send the check for the water bill.
The PT has worked a little bit, but I can't tell anymore what's FM pain and what's stress. My hair is falling out again (even tho' I'm still using the Rogaine), I'm not sleeping well, and I can't get my mind to just shut up. I fear I'm gonna lost it in public, so I'm looking into professional help. DH says the mental health insurance coverage is good, but I've lost the email.
I don't even want to know what's next.
Keep taking your meds and supplements, and I wish you all the best day you can possibly have, LouView Thread
First, when was your FM diagnosed? There are a lot of meds given to FM sufferers, and taking three doesn't scratch the surface. You need to see a specialist, whether it's a rheumatologist, a neurologist, or a pain specialist. I see a rheumy, he's a good listener, and he has a PA who splits appointments with him. It's good that I get to tell my stories twice to people who pay attention.
Cut yourself some slack. You have a lot going on, and realizing what you can't do today will help. How old are your children? Even a 3-year-old can help set the table for dinner.
There are some good resources in the right-hand column. Also check out http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/ . It has good tips for us, and you have to check out The Spoon Theory - it will help you explain to people what it's like to be in your body.
Have your doc check you for Vitamin D deficiency. Sounds simple, but we who live in the northern hemisphere are usually lacking in D.
I wish you the best day you can possibly have. See you again soon, LouView Thread
It's windy here, MiMi, really cloudy and gre. Weather.com says we'll have t-storms pretty soon, and it's 68* out there.
Checking in after another trying week. The thank you notes have gone out, and my brother is talking about cleaning out closets. If it help his process, I have no problem with that. Little things keep cropping up that make me think of Dad. He would have loved the Red Sox win the other night.
Still in PT for my shoulder and hip. My elbow feels great. I can't wait to see what they'll do to me today. I'll have some ibuprofen at the ready!
Just a few weeks tip we leave for Japan. We're making a list of things to see and places to go. We'll stay with DH's brother and his wife, and I'm hoping to see my cousin who lives there. We've discussed a side-trip to Guam, which means we could see our niece whose first baby (a boy!) is due this month.
Shorter than usual check-in, I have miles to go before I sleep. Wishing you all the best day - and the best weekend - you can possibly have, LouView Thread
It's cold here in southeastern New England, and the leaves are turning to reds, yellows and golds, and falling as they do in autumn. This area saw peak color last week, and the local high school will be coming to rake next week. (What a neat fundraiser for them - we have 1/3 of an acre with two buildings, and they do a very nice job!)
Free time has been elusive, and I wend my way down this road with great fear. Dad was as organized as heck, but his filing system of piles of envelopes with notes written on each one is not making sense. Another call to the attorney and asking what to do next is on my to-do list tomorrow. I can't help but feel that I could have done more, but what? Changed his doctor sooner? Been more aggressive with the nursing home? Grilled him about what I should do after he's gone? Oh, the humanity.
Work is keeping me busy, and earning. We're planning a trip to Japan next month, and I can hardly wait to see my BIL and SIL. The kids are in college, so the only "little one" is my Dog-In-Law, Shelly the Sheltie. She loves her aunt and uncle, chasing us around, bringing us toys, asking for treats in both languages. I hope to have most everything done, and can relax and enjoy where we are, and not worry about what can go wrong.
Gotta go, the Sox are playing the Cards, and I have to be in my lucky seat, knitting my 2013 lucky sock. HAHA
Have the best week you can possible have, LouView Thread
It's pretty darned cold here in southeastern New England, 56 right now and colder overnight. I'm pulling long-sleeved things out of the cedar box, my shorts and tank tops are wondering what they did wrong...
A rare weekday off finds me in my home office this morning. It's two weeks since Dad's been gone, and I can't shake the feeling that he's going to call and complain about something. Yesterday we divvied up the thank you note (SO many flowers and mass cards!) and we'll coordinate cleaning out his clothes etc soon.
Mom is still alive, but with Alzheimer's she knows nothing. The staff asked us not to tell her, she wouldn't remember anyway, and the disruption would be too great. I believe in my heart that she knows Dad's gone.
To say the least, I'm in pain and working with a physical therapist twice a week. One specific pain is gone (out of three I went in with), but my back is totally in spasm. Don (the PT) knows what's going on in my life, and we're working hard to get the knots to loosen.
I have a few personal things to accomplish today, including checking up on the dog. Yuki has developed 'hot spots' all over, and DH took her to the vet the other day. They had to shave her and I'm trying not to laugh. Poor baby, she's very uncomfortable.
I wish you all the vest day you can possibly have! LouView Thread
Just another note - today is the calling hours and tomorrow is the funeral. Yesterday was "We Should'da" day - we should'da kept closer tabs on his caregivers, we should'da noticed his pain, we should'da... You know the drill.
Then one member of my happy family had a hissy fit over the plans. When I asked for help he didn't say a word, not he's crabbing that he wasn't consulted. So he chewed me out for 20 minutes or so, we both hung up in tears. I'm the oldest, Dad and Mom put me in charge. Heavy is the head...
I'm trying to pace, but there's so much. I'm not sleeping, at least I don't feel like I have. People keep telling me to get some sleep. Really? LOL Maybe I'll call the rheumy and ask for a little something to take the edge off. I have to go by his office to get to the funeral home...
Thanks for letting me vent, FMily members. DH is tired of it all, I'm sure. I'll check in next week, and I hope I get some sleep before then See you all soon. LouView Thread