Saturday, August 30, 2008

Back - finally

It has been months since I posted anything. What a year it has been so far. Talk about "annus horribilis" (sp?). It is hard to think positively when there have been so many rotten things happen. Medically speaking, my body is falling apart. At present I have a fractured T7 vertebra for which I have no real explanation except that I sneezed one evening at the end of July and the pain was blinding. A subsequent CT scan showed the fracture. A previous scan for osteoporosis was normal - go figure. I have been having physio weeky and he has been taping my back in a giant X for support but I have now developed a rash from the tape so I am being careful how I move.

Prior to that however, I had been dragged around the park by my 47kg rotti/kelpie when he decided to go and say hello to another dog without asking me first. Result was strained muscles in my back, ribs and stomach as I tried to persuade him to stay with me. Ouch! That was at the beginning of June and I haven't been able to wear a bra since then.

I had to have a few weeks off work as the strained muscles were the ones I use for work. Now with the fracture, which is at exactly the spot where the unwearable bra does up, I have had to give up work altogether. Sheesh! I am so missing that money right now.

And of course, my darling husband who has been walking the dogs, doing the housework and taking me shopping in addition to working full time is suffering from overload. Oh yes, I mentioned briefly in an earlier post that he has Parkinson's Disease, so his future is somewhat uncertain. I was planning on being the one to look after him when the disease got to a stage where he was not able to work but now, I am not too sure what will happen. Anyway, these things are sent to try us someone once said. He is being so wonderful that I don't know how I will ever repay him. Especially since the bedroom olympics have been postponed indefinitely.

Looking on the bright side (yes there is one if you look hard enough) I am looking at losing my job as an opportunity for something better to come into my life. One door closes and another slams shut in your face - lol. There is a small light at the end of the tunnel, I just hope it is not a train heading my way.

I now have plenty of time to do my scrapbooking provided I do it in shifts and don't strain the already strained muscles and fracture. I don't have to "save myself" for work any more.

I miss sleeping on my sides as I have to lie on my back all night so I have been somewhat sleep deprived for the last 3 months. Oh I forgot something else, I have an abnormal blood test for one of my immune system tests. The doc is investigating what we need to do about that and of course, in a previous post I mentioned I have a Morton's Neuroma in my left foot which makes walking any distance painful. I had that injected with cortisone in April but it is beginning to wear off.

Ok, that's my winge over and done with. Now it is out of my head and into my blog I can get on with my life. I know there are folks out there a lot worse off than I am so I will keep reminding myself of that fact.

Onward and upward.