I finally finished my "Strip Stripey" and I really like it. I think I should re-name it "Josephine's multicolored Coat!"
Yarn: Dream in Color "Classy"
Pattern: My own
I was all set to start posting regularly, but on the health front I just couldn't do it! And, I hate reading blogs where all there is to read is complaining, whining, and over all blah-ness. So, really I had nothing to tell you guys at all. Here it is in a nutshell... Get ready for my version of complaining, whining, and over all blah-ness. Skip over this if you don't care, it won't hurt my feelings, but my family really wants to know, so here goes!
Christmas Eve, I woke up with a pain in my neck, literally. I have had it many times before, but this time seemed much more serious. I went to the Dr. who put me on oral steroids, and sent me to get an MRI. The steroids gave me an terrific ulcer, made me nauseous, etc. I lost 8 lbs. Hey, I'll take it where I can get it.
The MRI results show many things. Specific words are "right paracentral disk protrusion, contacting and compressing the anterior aspect of the cord," and, "broad disk bulge and osteophyte," and, "SEVERE left-sided C7 foraminal stenosis" All of these things are in C4-5, C5-6, C6-7 level disks. As well as the T6-7, and T7-8 disks. (C is for Cervical/neck, and T is for Thorasic, or upper back)
All this to say my neck hurts. What it is doing is pressing on a specific nerve root that extends down into my arm and feels like I have some dumb jock digging his thumb into my shoulder, upper arm and forearm. (or, Mom, an Italian woman trying to hustle me onto a water taxi). I want to lay down ALL THE TIME. Does this work? No, I have kiddos to look after, drive around, entertain. I have a husband, who needs a wife. I can't just check out. The pain drugs don't really help in this department, and I've been off of them for almost 10 days now just taking the muscle relaxant, which surprisingly doesn't make me loopy at all, or relaxed. I stopped those three days ago.
What to do? I'm trying to go the conservative route. But, the next step is a shot into the specific disk, that is causing the most problems and that might give me a small window of time I can function. But, it looks like surgery is in my future. I'll do anything at this point. I'd rather give birth three times in a row, than live like this. Now I know what people who live with Chronic Pain feel like. I refuse to be one of those people who live on drugs, so that is why I stopped, but for lack of a better word, this really, really, really, really, really, stinks.
I want my Dr. Neveln. There is no Dr. better, but he's in San Diego. I guess he's a comfort thing. I miss him badly. Something wrong? Call Bob! He's one of my parents best friends since they all met in College in San Diego all those years ago, and I WANT MY MOMMY AND DADDY! Ok, crying now, but I'm done. I just hurt.
My version of complaining, whining, and over all blah-ness is over now.
Knit on Sistas!