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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Tuesday is my epidural (steroid) shot


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Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List on the main page, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from November 3rd at 7am (Pacific Time) through November 13th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

 

#WeekendCoffeeShare with Eclecticali

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If we were having coffee I would be mentioning how my epidural (steroid) shot is this coming Tuesday. I am relieved and terrifed at the same time. I am afraid of needles though giving myself shots 4 times a day is helping me get over it. But the possibility of relief of this God-awful pain gives me hope .

Today is my EKG for the epidural. I am used to them. I have had so many of them it isn’t funny.

I will be heading to my weekly brunch tomorrow morning with my BFF. We both look forward to that. Having diabetes limits my choices of food and I am on insulin. I take 3 shots with meals and a long term shot at bedtime. 4 a day plus all the finger pricking. I have been on insulin since June 7 of this year, My A1c has come down a lot and my daily readings are usually pretty low and under control usually anyhow. I have an occasional relapse for a special occasion or a low because I miscalculated my carb count. The Endocrinologist won’t like the lows. He wants my sugars above 100 and I am determined to get the numbers down to a normal range for a normal person, not normal for a diabetic. Well my numbers seem to be over 100 this last week. Should make the doctor happier. I had no lows to treat.

I am still changing my bills to the the new bank. As I pay each one this month I have to make the change. Soon I should be done with all the changes due to changing banks.

Have a great weekend and God Bless You All!

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 (no longer canceling this blog, just not adding new work to it, sign up for http://www.tessacandoit.com for the new posts).

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: pain has lessened some, even forget my pain pills occasionally


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Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List on the main page, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from November 3rd at 7am (Pacific Time) through November 6th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

 

#WeekendCoffeeShare with Eclecticali

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If we were having coffee I would be mentioning how my pain from my Degenerative Disk Disease, Stenosis of the spine, arthritis and Fibromyalgia is constantly coming and going but has actually lessened quite a bit.

 

I actually have times where there is no pain and I am forgetting the pain pills whereas in the beginning I was anxiously watching the clock for the next one. My lumbar epidural is November 14. Finally less than 2 weeks left. I still have to get the EKG though.

 

I will be heading to my weekly brunch tomorrow morning with my BFF. We both look forward to that. Having diabetes limits my choices of food and I am on insulin. I take 3 shots with meals and a long term shot at bedtime. 4 a day plus all the finger pricking. I have been on insulin since June 7 of this year, My A1c has come down a lot and my daily readings are usually pretty low and under control usually anyhow. I have an occasional relapse for a special occasion or a low because I miscalculated my carb count. The Endocrinologist won’t like the lows. He wants my sugars above 100 and I am determined to get the numbers down to a normal range for a normal person, not normal for a diabetic. I belong to a group that has those goals. We eat under 50 carbs of grams per day and most under 20 carbs per day. Most people are losing weight with the low carb high fat diet or Keto diet (way of eating – WOE), but not working for me this time. Keeping my numbers lower, but not losing weight. So frustrating.

I got my automatic direct deposit in my new new bank account this morning and I closed my old bank account and now will be working with just the new one. Hopefully I remembered to change all automatic payments. I hated it when he asked me why I was closing it. I spun a half truth, half fib story. None of their business actually.

I wanted to get my hair cut before my lumbar epidural, but my favorite stylist is booked up until the day of my procedure so unless she gets a cancellation today I won’t be getting it done til a few weeks from now.

Have a great weekend and God Bless You All!

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 (no longer canceling this blog, just not adding new work to it, sign up for http://www.tessacandoit.com for the new posts).

#WeekendCoffeeShare: pain comes and goes


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Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from October 20th at 7am (Pacific Time) through October 23rd at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

#WeekendCoffeeShare with Eclecticali

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If we were having coffee I would be mentioning how my pain from my Degenerative Disk Disease, Stenosis of the spine, arthritis and Fibromyalgia is constantly coming and going.

I had to fight all week to get my pain management dr to fax over the request for the EKG (due to diabetes) so that I may start my epidural treatments. Mailing took them 8 days and I wouldn’t have gotten an EKG appointment in time. Got the last one just before my first back epidural and that took 3 days of constantly every few hours calling pain management for the fax.

The good news is that the pain has decreased some and comes and goes now.

As for my daughter, her arm was not broken. She broke all the capillaries under the skin and shows no bruising just terrible swelling. Workman’s comp wants her to work and she can’t . There is nothing there for her to do. She does dialysis nursing.

They found out that the cabinet that fell on her was not attached to a stud but to the dry wall. Dangerous place to work. Possible lawsuit has been discussed because that is very dangerous and she is in constant pain and swelling and they won’t give her anything for the pain except Tylenol. Plus she hurt the other arm while trying to stop the cabinet from hitting her where it did. They will not address that.

I will be heading to my weekly brunch with my BFF. We both look forward to that. Having diabetes limits my choices of food and I am on insulin. I take 3 shots with meals and a long terms shot at bedtime. 4 a day plus all the finger pricking. I have been on insulin since June 7 of this year, My A1c has come down a lot and my daily readings are usually pretty low and under control usually anyhow. I have an occasional relapse for a special occasion or a low because I miscalculated my carb count.

Have a great weekend and God Bless You All!

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 (no longer canceling this blog, just not adding new work to it, sign up for http://www.tessacandoit.com for the new posts).

#WeekendCoffeeShare: broken arm?


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Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from October 20th at 7am (Pacific Time) through October 23rd at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

#WeekendCoffeeShare with Eclecticali

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If we were having coffee I would be blissfully unaware that later Saturday night my daughter would notify me that she was injured at work. Now I get to be a worried mother even if she is grown up and produced 2 grand children for me and one of them is US Marine stationed in Japan.

They are grown up, but you still worry about them. She is in good hands right now so i am going to stop worrying about her and just be available if she needs me. She will have her hand(s) full with workman’s comp and dealing with treatment with an orthopedic dr. I am currently seeing an orthopedic dr and pain management for my spinal problems. i don’t know if we see the same orthopedic dr or not. She has to go wherever workman’s comp sends her I believe. Been a long time since I dealt with them.

She was at urgent care. We have them for things we used to have to go to an emergency room at the hospital. The cost is less than ER.

It is her dominant arm and working will be most likely impossible for her job. She is a dialysis nurse.

God bless you all and especially her right now. I worry about my children.

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 (no longer canceling this blog, just not adding new work to it, sign up for http://www.tessacandoit.com for the new posts).

#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.

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Now it is pinched nerves – 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) and you could have your choice of beverages.

I would tell you about my new struggles with life. I have pinched nerves in my neck and back causing extensive pain, more than my normal chronic pain. I was given a few percocets, but they won’t last until my pain management appointment October 17. Thanks to all the people abusing drugs, those of us in true pain can’t get what we need. I am thankful for what they could give me.

I have MRI’s to get, a nerve test to study the amount of damage and then steroid injections (there goes my sugar levels sky high) and then hopefully pain meds. This is the second time in 7 years I went through this. Last time I was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. That is adding its 2 cents as well.

My bipolar is not as bad right now, but it is adding its 2 cents as well. I can’t help, but feel depression during all of this. I have lived with chronic pain for 40 years now and this is so much worse. Hopefully the injections will help. I am going to the same dr so I hope she will follow along with the same treatment.

I am skipping the 2 treatments of physical therapy due to cost and they really didn’t help much last time. Living on a government disability check is impossible and I have no choice, but to go for this medical treatment. It will push the added burden of the bankruptcy sooner rather than later.

I keep trying to remind myself that God will provide for my needs, but the other part of me wants to know why I must go through all this pain, both physical and mental. I know there are people worse off than I and surgery is not on the table at this point, but this is degenerative, hence the name Degenerative Disk Disease. The inflammation from the arthritis and herniated disks is what is pinching the nerves. The injections if possible will help take down some of the inflammation.

They say that not eating sugar helps inflammation. I barely eat any following this low carb diet, but it doesn’t seem to help the inflammation from my standpoint.

Okay, done complaining for now.

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.