Monthly Archives: September 2017

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Now it is pinched nerves, stenosis of the spine, etc. – September 2017


If we were having coffee this weekend, I would be drinking water (my main drink since my diabetes is so out of control) although I would prefer hot chocolate and whipped cream it is so chilly toady and you could have your choice of beverages.

The results of my tests showed worse damage than they thought and now they say I might have to have surgery instead of or in addition to the steroid shots.  That scares me. At least I got some pain pills and enough to take every 8 hours until I get to the pain management doctor.

My cervical spine MRI was finally approved due to the new complications showing in the tests that have come back so far.

If we were having coffee I would tell you about the visit with my grandson who is a Marine. He is now stationed in Japan for 2 years. Long time and I know his mom is really going to miss him. He is a new Marine, not even in for a year yet, and freshly out of training.

As some of you might know my best friend and I have brunch every Saturday at the same restaurant and I am getting mighty fed up with the place. Their wait staff is not trained right and some of them  have been there for a long time. Very annoying to have to deal with every week. Most times we don’t complain to the manager, but sometimes it has to be done.

 

 

Hope you all have a great and blessed week!

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (moving posts to other blog and will be deleting this one.

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September Writing Prompts by Michelle – September 30th, 2017


September Writing Prompts by Michelle

Roses by Tessa Smeigh September 2017

Scattered rose petals

spreading over the garden

summer is ending

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (moving posts to other blog and will be deleting this one.

#DailyHaikuChallenge – Scarlet – September 28, 2017


To take part in the Daily Haiku Challenge see  The Original Post from Day One

Lace by Tessa Smeigh September 2017

lace so pure and white

the wedding dress was so sweet

now we say I do

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (moving posts to other blog and will be deleting this one.

The ABC’s of Remaining Optimistic When You Just Aren’t Feeling It


A post on optimism

Reclaiming HOPE

ABCs of Remaining Optimistic

The last couple of weeks have been tough — a monster headache last week, and this week, I had the worst fibro flare I’ve had in a long time. I’ve spent all week just trying to get through each day. On days like these, it’s really hard to feel very optimistic, but one of the building blocks of my HOPE plan is optimism, so I need to find a way to be optimistic even if I don’t feel it.

Why would optimism be important to living well with chronic pain. or any chronic illness for that matter? The definition of optimism on Dicitionary.com is this: “a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.” I’m not talking about unicorns and glitter here — I’m talking about feeling that I can do something to improve the way I…

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS September 30-17


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SoCS Prompt

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “do/dew/due”. Use one, use two or use all three. If you start and end with two of them, you get bonus points. If you use all three AND start and end with two of them, you get Linda’s bonus points plus, I’ll match hers – from me to you. And, lest we all forget – Enjoy!

Make use of it any way you like. Have fun!

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Do you ever stop to think about the dew on the grass and flowers? How sparkly and shiny it makes them? I figure we are heading there weather wise soon and we are due.

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS September 30-17

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (moving posts to other blog and will be deleting this one).

September Writing Prompts by Michelle – September 29th, 2017


September Writing Prompts by Michelle

Me by Tessa Smeigh September 2017

 read between the lines

that is the real me inside

not the me you see

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (moving posts to other blog and will be deleting this one.

The situation is worsening. Trying to be positive.


I am positive that I am scared. Things with the spine are scary enough. The orthopedic dr took one look at the tests he had in hand and immediately ordered and had pre-authorized the cervical MRI. I went from no surgery yet to very possibly having to have surgery.

My EMG nerve test showed at least one nerve had no feeling when pricked. My Lumbar MRI showed all but one disc in the lower spine had no cushioning left whatsoever. And more are already in that condition in my thoracic and cervical spine from the last tests 7 years ago.

I also have spinal stenosis. Narrowing of the spinal area and less room for the cord itself to go through causing more pinched areas.

The last time I was there he said I was not a candidate for surgery and now all of a sudden it is a really strong possibility.

I’m scared. I just read up on the surgery. They use anesthesia and intubation. I freak out when something is forced down my throat and I am awake. They better hope that the anesthesia works or they will have a crazy woman on their hands.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (moving posts to other blog and will be deleting this one).