Nothing crafty here today.....just a bit of an update to let everyone know I am indeed still among the living!
I want to thank everyone for thinking of me and all of the prayers being sent up in my behalf regarding my neck issues :):):) My primary Dr sent me to see an ortho that specializes in neck injuries. My official diagnosis is a protruding disc placing pressure on a nerve and actually, it's also compressing my spinal cord. That is why I am having the pain and numbness in my arm. Will it go away? Hopefully!!!
But "Houston, we have a problem!!!"
The protrusion is the disc directly above where I had my last fusion. The disc directly below it is slightly bulged as well. And I have bone spurs and degenerative disc disease. Surgery would be a last resort because it would involve undoing the last fusion and putting it all back together with the newly affected areas. This would require a very long and tedious surgery and the recovery time would be ages.
Another option of course is the injections. Also a problem because of where the protrusion is and the nerve being compressed against the spinal cord. The Dr is really afraid to go in because it would involve a huge needle, and a catheter inserted to try to get the medication where it needs to go. And if they accidentally hit the spinal cord......not good!
So I am on several meds to see if that will help and maybe reduce the inflammation to the point that it will set my nerve free and I will be pain free. I start PT this coming week and am NOT looking forward to it....and follow up in a month.
Good news is the meds are working.....there is relatively little pain until the anti inflammatory wears off. I can only take 2 a day and they do NOT last 12 hours.....8 at best. So that is something I may have to discuss with him when I go back......unless I am better of course!!! I'm also on medication for nerve pain. It's helping some too ....so that means your prayers are working and please keep em coming!!!! :):):)
I haven't done ANY crafting since my last post. And yeah, I'm getting cranky.......lol. I just haven't really been feeling up to it and my mojo has ran off anyway. Plus our A/C crapped out earlier in the week and it's just too dang hot to scrap.....temps have been in the high 90s. We spent a small fortune to have the central air repaired and it is just dead....its over 20 years old so its time is over and done with I suppose. We managed to get some window units for for th4e boys rooms and our room in last night......so at least I could sleep comfortably. It's been raining today soooooo we haven't been able to get the living room unit in....hopefully tomorrow!!!!
I am so sorry if I haven't been commenting on your blogs....a few I can comment on but most I can't.......it's bloggers fault....lol. So that is my reason for not at least blogging. Someone told me that blogger is working fine in browsers other than IE. So I am trying a couple out and we will see!!! And maybe in a day or so I will feel up to scrapping something......I have received sooo many of myNSD packages that I was blessed enough to win and I haven't even touched them.....that is just wrong on so many levels......lol.
Thanks again for being such amazing people and such wonderful friends!!!! I love every single one of you!!!!