Mixed bag

My goal is to focus on the positive as much as possible.

Hello dear reader,

It seems everyone is as stumped about renaming this blog as I am. I honestly didn’t expect it to be so difficult! But I’m sure I’ll figure it out.

So what’s new with me? Actually, there are a couple of things.

The one I’m most excited about is that I’m going to enter a short story writing contest. I’m taking a brief course on writing short stories that has already opened my eyes to some things I had never really thought of before. Of course, dear reader, when my entry is complete I’ll be sharing it with all of you 😏.

I’m also taking a course about WordPress called “WordPress Apprentice.” There are tons of courses out there, but I’m a technotard and end up more confused after the class than I was before I watched the videos. This is the best one I’ve found. I’ve been trying to learn more about the website part of things, and just kind of winging it in the meantime. I’m certain that’s been obvious. Now you can look forward to the site improving slowly but surely from here on out.

I interviewed a possible new caregiver. I need desperately to find one. I simply can’t keep up with even basic housework these days. (Anyone looking for a job with a really great boss?) I’ll let you know how that turns out. 🤞

So there’s the exciting stuff. It obviously doesn’t take much to excite me these days 😉.

The not so exciting stuff is that I’m stuck laying in a dark room with a massive headache again. Today’s day two. Hopefully there won’t be a day three.

And last but not least, my PC doctor had me do this thing called “Cologaurd” so I could avoid the colonoscopy that I’m about three years overdue for. They mail you a kit, you put a stool sample in it, and mail it back. Easy peasy. They look for DNA markers for cancer and /or other issues. Mine came back positive. That does not mean that I have cancer. It does mean that I have to do the colonoscopy I was hoping to avoid. The procedure itself isn’t that bad. It’s the prep that sucks! They want everything sqeeky clean (not that I blame them) so I’ll get to spend all of the night before running back and forth to the bathroom. Such fun!! 🤪 I’m scheduled to have it done on the 27th. I will, of course, let you know how that turns out.

So there you have it. My goal is to focus on the positive as much as possible. Learning new things and writing both make me feel happy and productive.

Anyone who has thoughts about short story writing, how to set up a really good website, a new name for the blog, or any other thoughts… Please feel free to share them.

Until next time…

Headaches and wedding Invitations

Hello dear reader.

Today is an awful headache day.  Well, it actually started around 11 last night when it woke me up.  I managed to fall back to sleep at around midnight, but by 2 a.m. it was a lost cause.  It’s super frustrating because I seriously don’t have time for this right now.  There is so much I need to be doing, but I can’t. 

Onto something brighter…I have to brag. Yesterday I discovered that I had made a significant mistake with the checking account and put us into a pretty bad situation. When Tim got home last night (after a 10 hour workday) I listened to him tell me about what a good day he had. You know, the first few minutes determine the mood for the rest of the evening, so positive was a good way to start. The last thing he said was, “It’s been a really good day.” I replied, “I’m so glad, but I’m about to ruin it.” I burst into tears and told him what had happened. This man…the one I get to marry in a week and a half…put his arms around me and told me it was okay. He said with so much going on it was no wonder I made a mistake…that we’d get through it and it wasn’t the end of the world. I couldn’t stop crying, but then it was out of relief.

Speaking of the wedding, a wonderful friend of ours made our wedding invitations for us. We mailed out all the ones going out of town, and the other day we got the ones to hand out locally.
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Is that not the most beautiful thing?!? The invitation is rolled up inside that beautiful tube. There is no way I can ever show or tell how much I appreciate this. It’s another amazing example of the incredible friends we have!

That’s about all the “brighter” I can do right now. My head is still hurting terribly and I’m going to lay down and try to get some rest.

Until next time…

Taking a chance

Hello dear reader,

I’m writing this on my way to my doctor’s appointment in Golden.  Tim’s driving, so no need to worry.  😉   We’re going to try a temporary nerve block today.  Pain blocking medications will be injected into my head where there are a series of nerves.  This should temporarily eliminate at least a large amount of the constant pain in my head.  If it works they’ll do it again in 2 weeks.  If the second time also has the desired result then I’ll have a procedure to have it done permanently. 

I have to admit that I’m nervous.  We tried this before (three years ago) and it failed miserably.  I spent three days in excruciating pain.  So why am I doing it again?  That’s a legitimate question.  Nerves grow.  I’ll bet you didn’t know that.  They grow very slowly, but they do grow.   That’s why it may work this time.

The chance of it working is worth the risk.  I can’t express how much different my life would be if the pain were even just lowered.  The days that I hurt too much to function would be the exception, rather than the majority.   It would improve the quality of my life exponentially.

One week from today I’ll talk with the doctor about what showed up on the MRI.  Even if this procedure today is successful, there are still several other symptoms of the Chiari which need to be dealt with.

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Procedure is finished and I’m on my way home.  They did three nerves… different from the one they did before.  I think it may actually be working.  The bottom of my head (where the headaches usually start, at the base of my skull) is numb.  It feels very strange.  The top part still hurts like hell (I’ve had a pretty major headache since Tuesday evening), but the bottom doesn’t.  I have to keep a “pain diary” for the next five hours.

The other strange thing is that I feel woozy…dizzy and a little bit sick to my stomach.  That’s strange because they injected directly into the three nerves, sort of like the dentist deadens only the place where the tooth they’re working on is. 

I’ll let you know how it all turns out.

Until next time…