I just wanted to update all of you on what is going on at this end of the world. Lots to talk about
....or at least a few things (I promise not to make this a book) so here is the scoop.
This weekend for some odd reason my pain has increased. I can't help but wonder if there is a cold front coming in or something, cause usually when the cold fronts come over us I can tell. There is increased pain in both sides of my lower back (L4-L5 region) and my knees get really tender from all the past surgeries that I have had on them. I have developed arthritis in my joints of my knees over the years and that is what causes my pain.
It's a fact that it comes with getting older. Yesterday I spent the entire day just resting. Hubby is taking me to a bowshoot today (Sunday) and I wanted to make sure that my back was prepared for the long walk. It's not really a very long walk, but for someone with lots of pain, it can be a little hard to do. So it's Sunday morning 5:07am and I am wide awake in anticipation for the days events. I've been awake since 3:45am and it seems my back does not want to cooperate with me today. Grrrrrrr!!!!! My pain is worse, but I will go take a hot bath and see if that relaxes it enough to try.
As each of you know, an increase in pain is not very fun and I know its 2 hours before meds so that might be what I need to bring it down as well.
Okay.........so I got some really great news! I recieved a letter in the mail yesterday from the SS ODAR. Guess what????? I got a FULLY FAVORABLE decision!!!!!!!! Isn't that wonderful? I was so excited I read each page to my hubby. Of course he didn't get excited about it because he says he'll believe it when he sees a check. God what a pessimest he is! So I don't know what comes next. Guess my attorney will be contacting me sometime this week to let me know? I just think its cool that someone agrees with me that I am disabled! Oh and they did tie in the depression, meds side effects, back and pain. So I am hoping that things will at least be clear for some money.
Hey I didn't know that 85% of this money (that is if I even get some) is going to be taxable!? Hubby makes about 48k a year and I read online that we are looking at 85% of my disability to be taxed. That's crap, sorry to be so blunt, but it is....why can they do this? I mean I am just trying to secure something that if something happens to hubby who is the breadwinner of this family, I am taken care of. If something happens to him, I'm screwed. I have no way to make an income and every last dime of his life ins is taken for bills and things. Maybe then they won't tax it
Anyway, my labradors (I have three, one of each color) are getting up there in age. Jazzmine is the oldest and she is 12, Shadow is the middle child and she is also 12 and Remington is the baby of the family and he is 11. The other day hubby went to let them inside and Shadow came into the living room at a trot and then fell over. Her legs were straight as a board and I knew right then what was going on. My black lab was having a seizure! Scared both of us and hubby sat next to her for probably 5 min to calm her down. Once she was back up and okay I watched her for the rest of the day to make sure she was okay and since then she hasn't had anymore, but I keep thinking that maybe this is the beginning of the end of my labs. So sad!
Well, I best close this post for now. Hope each of you, my friends, are having a low pain day.