Another Injection

It didn’t hurt to get out of bed this morning.  It didn’t hurt when I sat down for my coffee and breakfast. The only little twitch I’m still feeling is just above my right hip, but the doctor said it could be two  weeks before the medicine  takes full effect.

The thing that bothers me is that it was two weeks after my first injection that I started to feel the ominous pinching and aching.  It’s been only six weeks since that first injection. I could hardly walk upright when I got to the  doc’s office yesterday.

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Well, much better today, and praying the improvement continues.  I can have only one more injection between now and Oct. 2019; you can have three in a calendar year.  Limited because it’s a very heavy-duty steroid.  Too much isn’t good for you.

The bottom line, for me, is to be thankful that this treatment exists; that it does give me relief from the pain, if only for a few months at a time. There is no cure for what’s happening in my back. Pain treatment has improved a great deal since I remember my mom going through what I’m experiencing now. Both my sister and I inherited her crumbling back; neither of us remembers her getting these injections.  She died at 87, about 6 1/2 years ago, and before they put her on morphine, she would often flinch, close her eyes, and say something about the pain shooting across her lower back. well, Mom, I truly understand now.

Anyway.  Today I’m off to teach my homeschool class on The Constitution and current events.  Fun, interesting, good bunch of kids.  And I can teach sitting down 🙂

My Back, Again!

Some of you may have noticed that my posts are going up later than usual. That’s because  the disease, Old Woman’s Back, has returned with a vengeance.  I’m not sleeping very well, and it has put my whole system off kilter. I’m not working this week, missed two out of my three days last week.

When I called to make an appointment with my pain doctor, I was told they couldn’t get me in until the 20th, this coming Monday.  I asked if the doc would renew my scrips in the meantime, and was told that he would not do that because it’s been so long (over a year) since I’ve needed them.  I have just enough pain pills to get me through to Monday if I take them only once a day, usually before I go to bed.Image result for no medication

So I’m hurting, and my life has once again gone off the rails. I’m sure the doctor will send me for another MRI, since that hasn’t been done in at least two years.

Now, it’s time for me to practice what I preach.  Being thankful is paramount, because if I don’t focus on the things for which I’m thankful, I will be flooded with resentment, anxiety, and fear.  Yes, fear. I don’t like pain, and I know this condition is not going away. The symptoms can be treated, but they cannot be cured.

So.  If you are a praying person, please add me to your prayer list.  Prayer is still the best healer.

July 4 Birthdays

I was curious, because today is my 71st birthday, about who else may have been born on this day. To my surprise, there were a few that I knew about.  Most, however, are popular movie, TV, music people that apparently are a big deal today but that I’d never heard of.  I guess that officially makes me old.

Some names I do recognize:  Pauline Phillips, aka Dear Abby, who wrote advice columns for many, many years.

Queen Sonja of Norway.  The infamous Tokyo Rose.  Actresses Gina Lollobrigida and Eva Marie Saint (yes, they’re old. That’s why I remember them.) Cartoonist Rube Goldberg and playwright Neil Simon. Stephen Foster, lyricist and songwriter who died so young, only 37.  The great writer Nathaniel Hawthorne.  Finally, President Calvin Coolidge.  There are more, but that’s enough.

Here’s what I read about those of us born on the Fourth:

The individuals born on the 4th of July are very caring and loving individuals who are extremely fond of their loved ones. They thrive when there is harmony in their surroundings, but are quite sensitive to discord. They  can be strong-willed and determined to follow through a task to the very end. But, a defining trait of these individuals is their fairness and willingness to apologize whenever they commit a mistake.

I don’t know who writes this stuff, or how they think they can lump everyone born on this day into one personality, but there it is.

Two famous people  who died on this day:  Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, American historic figures, both Presidents, both instrumental in the founding of our nation.

It’s a wonderful day to have a birthday.  Picnics, parties, parades and pyrotechnics 🙂  Fried chicken, potato salad, friends and family.  I’ve always felt very privileged to share this day with the official presentation of the Declaration of Independence, which my mom always told me was appropriate for me!

I am thankful to have grown up in American, both in big cities and small towns (I prefer the small towns). I’m glad I grew up when I did, and not in this tumultuous and confusing era that kids are dealing with today.  Father Knows Best was an iconic TV program of my childhood.  It would be laughed off the air today, when everyone BUT father knows best. In fact, the youngest kids in TV families are the ones who know best, even though they’ve had no life experience and can’t get a job yet.

I’m also glad I grew up in an era in which it wasn’t dangerous to be a patriotic, flag-waving American.  We could have worn MAGA hats back then without fear of having them ripped off our heads, because we had just come through WWII on the winning side, and we KNEW America was the greatest place in the world. God and country were important because we knew that without God, this country would not have come to the greatness it has reached.

Back then, patriotism didn’t have to mean that no other country was worthwhile.  It just meant that we were proud to be Americans.

I still am, and I’m not afraid to say so.

Sunday Morning Coffee: Family

I know, I used family in my title yesterday.  Not very original to use it twice in one weekend, but oh, well 🙂

Short and sweet today.  People are starting to move around,  looking for coffee and breakfast.  I’ve pretty much left them on their own to fix cereal or toast or whatever.   I made a pot of coffee for them.   Aside from that, it’s each to his own.  That’s one of the perks of having grown-up grandkids.

Anyway I’ve been thinking a lot about family this week. The importance of it, the pleasure and joy of it. The fact is, God created the family.  He did that for many reasons, I’m sure, but for me one of the best parts of family is the shared history, the recognition of family traits, and the sense of belonging.

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My family is scattered from 15 miles away from us to South Dakota to England to Germany to New Zealand.  We tend to not stay in whatever place we’re born. Not sure why that is.  Maybe we come from a line of nomads 🙂  In any case, having so much distance makes the times we do get together all the sweeter.

I’m enjoying it.  A lot.

Psalm 68:6.  “God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.”

 

Family Time

My family from Germany is here.  Mike has been working for the American military there for about 20 years. They get  home leave every other year.  The main attraction this summer is that Janan’s parents are celebrating their 50th anniversary in July.

Right now, Janan and Victoria are busy preparing what looks like a feast–a full German breakfast.  I suspect lunch won’t be much of an issue today 🙂  It’s a treat to have them taking over in my kitchen, and they’re enjoying all the renovations that have been made since they were here last.

Connell injured his big toe a couple of weeks ago, a pretty severe cut, but he seems to be doing well.  He went with his grandfather yesterday to mow a friend’s yard.

It’s great to have them, and we’re having a great time catching up.  I’m going to try to maintain my normal blogging schedule, but I’m making no promises.  If I do drop out of sight for a day or two, don’t worry.  I’ll be back 🙂

One More

One more post about our travels.  Next week we’ll get back into Isaiah.

My bag was delivered around 11:45 last night.  My computer was there, thank God, including the cord. Also my Kindle cord.  No phone charger, though.  I was sure I had put it in the same pocket as the rest, but it just isn’t there.

There was a note that my bag had been randomly selected for opening and searching.  Maybe my phone cord disappeared at that point.  I’ll contact Ken and Sheila today to see if I left it with them. I have to say, the searchers did a good job of keeping my suitcase packed exactly as I had left it. At least they didn’t find THIS in my bag:

 

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Back to work this morning, for the only day this week.  Six clients to see, and I’m sure I’m going to be ready to relax at the end of my day. It’s going to be a busy month, and I need to start getting my house in order.

Today is our 49th anniversary!  Good grief, how did all that time pass so fast!

Praying you all have a blessed day 🙂