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Very Tough Night, Hopefully Not so Tough Day

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I got up at 2 am in so much pain that I could not stand to lie down anymore. Dh (who works swing shift) was still up but even though he's an RN, there really wasn't anything he or anyone else for that matter could do. I had already taken two (compatible) RX pain meds. It hurt so much that I actually contemplated asking him to take me to the ER but then I realized that then I'd just be hurting in a bright uncomfortable setting and that they really couldn't do anything for me either. So I went back to bed but this time took a flat ice pack with me. I fell asleep on the ice. I'm still in pain but it hurts a bit less in the daytime because I'm upright and because there is more to distract me from the pain signals.

So. . . I'm struggling. My doctor isn't back from vacation until tomorrow. I already have an appointment for tomorrow. So in the meantime, I'm going to make very little goals to get through the day.

Goal 1: clear the dining room table and clean the kitchen.

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What Went - Monday

Monday, September 29, 2014

Today was our first day of school. Lest you get all confused, we homeschool and can set our own schedule. We had done school through the end of July and took August and September off. We had a lovely first day. Dd who is now in 7th grade and has learning disabilities is now on grade level for everything except for math. And even there I have no doubt that this year will be a turning point for her. I see such growth in her. I think she's a late bloomer and am happy that I have the ability to let her blossom on her time table. Ds17 is a senior this year. He did very well in his classes today. I think we've found a schedule that works well with his ADHD - good pacing that gives him time to concentrate while not overwhelming him.

I have been gluten free for one week. I have decided to continue for now because I've lost 5 pounds. This is while eating lots of rice! (Lots being relative.) It could be a fluke but I hope not. The hope is that the high levels of inflammation in my body can be eradicated by eliminating gluten from my diet. We'll see. I've tried eliminating so many different foods including gluten in the past with no change so I'm not being too trusting at this point. But it is enough of a change to keep going for now.

I'm at the library right now sitting next to a large table of high school students who are all supposed to be studying but are gossiping instead. My 17 year old is down the hall in a robotics workshops. There are some really neat opportunities out there and I'm so thankful that we can take advantage of them. I wasn't able to let my kids do these sorts of things in the past because my health wouldn't allow it. I am still tired and in pain but I am so much more functional!

Speaking of pain, I finally figured out a good pain med. regimen. My doctor had just prescribed them "as needed" so it took some research to figure out that I could actually take them at the same time esp. at night when I need them so much more. Less pain means more active and more happy.

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JENNEINAZ 9/30/2014 10:14AM

  Great job on the first day of school!

And great figuring out the pain med needs too!

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My Earthly Reward

Monday, September 29, 2014

Last night I treated myself for losing 5 pounds by buying two shirts at Talbots. It was supposed to be a treat for losing 10 pounds and it was supposed to be only one shirt but apparently I have instant gratification issues! Actually the reason I did it now is because I got a really good deal. I got two really nice shirts off of clearance for 70 percent off. 70 percent! They look really nice on me. One is a cobalt blue - a color that sets off my eyes. The other has a nice deep pink on the top yoke and then navy and white stripes the rest of the way. The deep pink is also a good color for me. I look good in jewel tones.

I'm trying to ignore the fact that my MIL asked me today when wearing the pink one if I was pregnant. I keep reminding myself that her dementia causes her to ask my 12 year old daughter one minute if she's enjoying first grade and the next minute if she's enjoying driving the family car. So it means nothing! But it's a sore subject for me, having been mistaken for being pregnant many times. . . .

My ds17 just came and told me that he's lost two pounds. I'm proud of him.

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TOWHEE 9/29/2014 10:13PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss. It's hard to pass up 70% off, especially if the shirts fit well and make you look and feel better.

Maybe MIL equates pink shirts with pregnancy regardless of the shape inside the shirt. emoticon

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JENNEINAZ 9/29/2014 11:37AM

  Great job!

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 9/29/2014 11:18AM

    Glad you bought yourself something you deserve a treat. Congrats on your weight loss emoticon and your sons emoticon
Hey no worries about MIL! Mine use to say terrible things to me and she was not demented, I wonder now emoticon

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YMWONG22 9/29/2014 12:15AM

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The Plan for Saturday

Saturday, September 27, 2014

So much pain last night. Is it just because my chiropractor is out of town and so I wasn't able to get adjusted again? Is it because I did that very light 12 min. chair workout? My abs are pretty sore from my workout so I suppose I should expect at least some of my back muscles to be sore from it. I had a hard time sleeping last night even with the muscle relaxers. It was bad because it hurt to sleep on either side, which is my go-to sleeping position. But I can't be on my back without my legs propped up at the knee. I did rest on my back for awhile with an ice pack under my back but after a while I was able to finally sleep on my side.

My kids have a full day planned today. That means that I have a full day. The plan is to drop dd12 off at her volunteering and take ds17 shooting. I do not want to be in a noisy shooting range for an hour but I will. I haven't been there but the range looks like a nice one specifically geared to hunters. Then we will all grab a lunch and I will drive them a half hour to a library where they are signed up for a free 3 hour class/workshop on stop motion animation. I think they will have fun doing that. None of these places will allow me to curl up in the fetal position with an ice pack. . . . (though honestly being somewhat active is good for my back from what I've read on the subject.)

Next week is going to be even busier. And we still have a couple of doctor's appointments to fit in next week. I really hope that my back starts to get under control. It was responding well to daily chiropractic. My next appointment is Wednesday - the first day he gets back from vacation.

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 9/27/2014 8:52PM

    I remember a time having to sleep in a recliner, so I know how you feel. Hope you feel better soon, and yes as much as it hurts moving around is better than being still, but you are never still. emoticon

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FRAN0426 9/27/2014 2:39PM

    Oh I know what trying to sleep with pain is like too. Last night my legs were sore and painful and had a tough time falling asleep too, as it hurt to get into my comfortable side position. It does lound like you have a very full and busy day with the kids today, hopefully tomorrow you can take it a bit easier before your busy week starts.

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GETHNOW 9/27/2014 12:00PM

  I hope your pain lessens - God Bless

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Strange Cravings

Friday, September 26, 2014

I am craving seaweed. And eggs. And cream cheese. I had cream cheese California rolls today which gave me two out of three. ;) I don't know if this is a coincidence or not but I got these cravings after going gluten free again.

My back is sore today but doing ok. I was either full-hardy, brave or proactive and did a 12 minute seated core workout today. I wasn't able to do a few of the parts where Coach Nicole brings both her feet up, That hurt my lower back and I was not going to do that! My intent is to very gently stretch and build up the muscles in my core so that I won't be so prone to back injury.

Now a little side rant. A friend offered to get me something I needed the other day from his work. He ended up being sick, so I didn't get it when I wanted, but that was ok. I was going to be in the area today so I called his wife last night to see if I could drop by to pick it up. Not only had he not picked it up (prior to being sick when he said he would), he had totally forgotten about it. I was pretty frustrated because this is a habit with their whole family. So I called another friend at the same work last night to ask for some advice on how to get this for myself and she offered to get it for me and have me pay her back because she can get it faster than I can. Within 15 minutes she had gotten me all set. What a difference between someone responsible and someone who isn't! Now hopefully I won't have to ask for any more favors any time soon but if I do, I know who to call and who not to call.

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FRAN0426 9/27/2014 12:25AM

    Always nice to have a dependable friend when you need a favor.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/26/2014 8:42PM

    Hmmmm . . . a gender difference in thinking I'm suspecting, too!

Glad you got what you needed.

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