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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Odd dreams and more

I don't think I slept well last night -- not that I didn't sleep through the night (mostly) for a change, but I think I was very tense through the last dream I had. Not bad tense, just...intense. It was an ordered scavenger hunt (each item held the next clue) held by people I went to school with, and Sammi was my partner. We were only slightly ahead of the other teams by item four and that item required we knit a sweater -- at which point I figured we were home free because Sammi worked that up in no time flat. We somehow got to item 15 but missed item 10, and going back for it allowed other teams to catch up so that on the next to last item, someone was just ahead of us racing for the golf course and I ran to beat them there and win the race. As I said, it was a bit of an odd dream, and I feel almost as though I had been running around for a few hours.

In the "more" section, today is my last physical therapy appointment. It is possible that my PT will recommend additional visits but I doubt it after we talked yesterday - it sounds like she is pleased with my progress and ready to let me graduate. Personally, I'd be just as happy with a few more visits because she has to readjust my SI joint every time, but I guess it's time to find a better chiro for that. In January, back to yoga!

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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Just loving it...

As much as it still kills me that I have to do it, I sent my laundry out again today. I do have to just ring praises on the Coinless Laundry, though - they do a very good job, very quickly, and the price is reasonable as well. On the other hand, less time for me to wait for the machines to get done - I only have to do one load of smalls every once in a while.

...and now, I get to watch Victor Borge (one of my father's all time favorites) on PBS while updating my blog and doing some housework instead of running downstairs to get the laundry several different times.

And for now, have a zebra. :D

LSD Zebra

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Can't believe I forgot to mention...

...the good news! I had an appt with my neuro yesterday (after waiting an hour and a half) and he thinks I am doing well enough to not need another follow-up unless I have a really bad flare-up. No surgery, no steroid shots unless I need them, nothing! Well, I am still doing a few more sessions of PT -- I think my back is somewhere around 70% now, enough that I still have bad moments (see Tuesday...), but I haven't had a just miserable day in a while. Come January, I am really going to try to get back into yoga (provided the PT agrees I'm ready), and after next week I'm not doing any more choral work until March so I can concentrate on getting the rest of the way back to normal.

I really like my physical therapist, but she works me something fierce. After a session today, my legs are just a bit wobbly. I thought I'd be okay to run down to SoCo for some quick First Thursday shopping, but I lasted maybe 45 minutes before hopping back into the car to drive home. It gets a little painful if I try to stand too long and right now I'm a little extra achy due to the cold snap, I think. Oh well, not like it is terrible to stay at home with my fuzzy slippers on when it's cold and windy outside. :D


Friday, November 10, 2006

Working out the mattress

By the time my back is up to 100%, I'll have had enough naps to last a lifetime. Don't worry, though - no danger of me swearing off napping. :D

Today's PT session got a little harder than yesterday's - she had me crank up the difficulty level a little on a couple of exercises and I was really feeling the difference by the end of the session. We also discovered that my sacrum was rotated -again- and she fixed that, too. Those falls on the derriere are going to be haunting me for the rest of my life, I'm sure. At any rate, by the end of the session all I wanted to do was fall into bed.

I was good - I did go run an errand first, but it was very nice to finally get a chance to lay down for an hour or so with a good book. I'm not sure how much sleep I actually got, but I feel lots better for it.

Today's random picture from my collection:
A view from inside Tintern This is a glimpse of the ghost of Tintern Abbey - a beautiful ruin in Great Britain, and one of the many Catholic structures forced into disuse after a certain king decided to try to permanently run off that sect.

Okay, so this picture choice isn't actually that random - today before my PT appointment I ran into a gentleman who'd traveled with us on the Wales trip; his wife was one of the singers in our chorus. Mmmm, good times. Now I am off to a wine-tasting with some friends from church. Cheers!


Thursday, November 09, 2006

Just an excuse to whine

Sigh. I'm cold. My comforters need cleaning (yes, I sleep under a blanket year-round), but I do have a clean afghan or two. Unfortunately they are the big mongo heavy winter weight ones and I'm pretty sure the one I really want to dig out of my closet weighs at least 20 pounds. Bleah - maybe I'll just put on a pair of socks with my jammies. It'll get cold tomorrow night, though, so I guess I'll just drag out the big blanket anyway. If I'm careful about it, it should be okay.

On the plus side, today was a much better day physically. I managed to get a little more walking in than usual without too much pinching from my sciatic nerve. PT was a little tough today, but in the physical workout way, not painful. This bodes very well. PT again tomorrow, and a happy trip to Kid N Ewe on Saturday!

Oh...and Go Rutgers!


Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Physical Terrorism

I admit it, PT isn't really that bad. I do know now why they want you to do sets of 30 in these exercises, though -- you can usually get through 20 with no problem, the next five are a little harder, and the last five are just insane. At least I don't have anything pressing to do tonight so I can go to bed at a reasonable hour. :D

Pic of the day for your viewing pleasure:
Happy Hornsmobile


Saturday, November 04, 2006

Session Three

So, my third session of PT got a little more interesting - we started doing more complex exercises, although still in very small amounts. It is amazingly hard to hold in your abs and pull your legs in while there is a balance ball under your ankles.

Today, I ache a bit, and I slept for a good ten hours - time to get up and get moving, though. Gotta go walking. :D


Thursday, November 02, 2006

Update on Me

Just posting an update - sorry I haven't posted in a couple days and thanks to those of you who dropped a line or comment checking up on me. :)

PT seems promising so far - my therapist explained a lot to me on why it takes so long to get spinal issues healed. When an insult happens to the spine, all those little muscles that stabilize the spine turn off. In order to turn them back on and help heal the herniation and remaining pinched nerve it is going to take lots of very minute work, which is frustrating but not as much as the sciatic pain has been so far.

There's been good days and bad days; for the most part I'm able to get around and not limp, but my back still gets really tired easily. I think there have been two legitimately bad days since I had the cortisone shot, and both happened after I tried to get some extra housework done - although at the time I didn't think it was too much. Just goes to show me that my limits are still a little lower than I thought. On the other hand, it might not have been related, but who knows. I do know that I spent all afternoon sleeping in order to allow my back to get some rest.

Well, PT again tomorrow, so I'll see what she has to say, because it bugs me when my back is so tired that I really do have to go home and take a nap.

In crafting news, I was weak this weekend and picked up a Tilli Thomas bag kit. I love the pre-beaded yarn, and if I could afford the machine that would string beads on yarn and ply it with another, I'd get it in a heartbeat. It is burnt orange, of course, and it will make a great project bag for socks or something else small. For those of you who might be considering one of these kits, a small review: the idea is great but getting started with the yarn pulled through grommets on a pre-made lining is kind of hard on the hands and wrists. After the first few rows it gets a little easier, but I think it make be a better idea to make the bag and then line it rather than pick up stitches from a pre-made lining. Eh, either way you'll have easy steps and hard steps. :D


Sunday, October 29, 2006

Making yummies

The fun part about eating healthier is that you get to splurge on things that you might otherwise pass up due to the cost. Okay, due to being cheap.

For dinner, I made fresh green beans and paired it with fresh mozzerella and grape tomatoes, with just a hint of salt and pepper. I'd show pics of the food pr0n, but I ate it already. Yum! And there are green beans left over for tomorrow's dinner.

Ooh, speaking of tomorrow, PT starts again. Really, I'd do just about anything to get rid of the pinch to my sciatic nerve, and I sincerely hope that it will be worth it. On the other hand, I've already lost about 14 pounds through sheer force of will these last few weeks - mainly from the effort it has taken to walk normally I think, but I'll take it. I think 30 to 60 minutes of PT three times a week for the next four weeks will definitely keep that trend going.


Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Home again again

Got back into town this morning -- and proceeded to go home and take a nap. Driving is fatiguing, but thank the Lord for cruise control. Heh - I've never been able to drive for long distances without needed a nap, though. Two hours worth is about my limit.

The nap was nice, and I will miss them when I go back to work on Thursday. This evening and tomorrow the focus is on getting a bit of cleaning done around here - that was originally the plan for the rest of my vacation anyway, but now I won't be able to sneak in a trip to the storage unit. Perhaps my neuro will clear me next week for carrying heavier loads. Ten pounds is a very limiting amount.

Well, off to get some work done.


Friday, October 13, 2006

Another day in paradise

Well, not paradise, but still...vacation time is a good thing - knowing that you can go back to sleep and not have to go into work. Ahhhh.

Daily update: I wish it were easier to tell whether the healing process is really working - I do feel a bit better this morning than yesterday, but I'm still dealing with the slightly pinched sciatic nerve (which has just gotten downright annoying in the last few weeks). I suppose time will tell.

Last night we went out for a nice birthday dinner at Golden Wok (normally a place we'd go for Mom, not me, but I haven't had it in quite a while - it was rather yummy) and I got to watch my sister S go through some really old pics back at Mom's. There's a lot of family history I was not aware of, and it's been fascinating to sit and talk with her and Mom - not to mention S's housemate K who is just a lot of fun to have in the conversation.


Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Because I promised...

...just an update on how I am.

So far the cortisone seems to have helped - my back for the most part is quiet, and the pinched nerve is pretty quiet as long as I don't stand too much. I do now understand why they warn you that the first day or two after the shot that your pain may increase. They didn't lie - but even the increase doesn't make it as bad as Sunday, so I think I can handle it. :D

I did manage to drive just fine today to work - stayed seated for the most part while making sure to get up and move every half-hour or so. My co-workers took me out for a nice birthday lunch, too, so all in all it was a pretty good day. I got just about everything taken care of that couldn't wait until I got back in the office, so now I don't even have to feel guilty about not being there earlier this week.

My vacation time officially starts tomorrow, but I'll be sure to post a quick note when I can just to let everyone know I'm still alive. Cheers!


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Home again

Well, life of late has been fun.

I first really want to thank all of my friends who called to check up on me, and even more so those who carted me around and ran errands and visited. I love each and every one of you very much.

An extreme increase in my back and hip pain this past weekend sent me to the ER (well, mainly spasms that would not stop at all) - I thought it would just be to get perhaps an MRI and more pain meds, but apparently I've herniated a disc in my back. The ER doctor admitted me to the hospital and it took almsot a full day just to get a neurosurgeon to be able to see me. We discussed options and he got me into see a pain management doctor today to get a cortisone shot to help heal that without surgery. We'll see, but I do know that I've had to back off a lot on my plans for the future weeks if I plan to heal at all.

Before any of my friends or family hop into the comments with a "or we'll tie you down" scolding, you have to know that this is killing me. I'm missing out on my birthday plans, on a concert that could mean a whole lot to my singing career, and to a recital that I want to do more than anything. Thankfully I already had some vacation time scheduled, so I'll go down to mom's and take it easy for a few days.

On the positive side, I'll get to see one of my sisters - one I haven't seen in years - on my birthday. This will also force me to do more to get in better shape, and the amount of time at home will force me to actually get a little cleaning done (although not in the next two weeks - do you have any idea how little 10 pounds is when you're not allowed to pick up more than that?).

Wow - and you really shouldn't try to be your normal optimistic self if Everybody Loves Raymond is on television while you're typing a blog entry. Darn pessimist. Heh.