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educ8athome
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Date Joined Aug 2011
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   Posted 12/11/2011 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been going through hell, that's the only way you can describe my life over the past few months.
 
The good:  I have reached an agreement with the local Arts Council and will be opening a photography studio (VERY AFFORDABLE!) in our little downtown area in January.  In addition, we have a non-profit organization that has been working hard on revitalizing downtown and I am now in all of their brochures and literature!  2012 will bring me a LOT of business.  :)
 
The bad:  I am still having a moderate amount of pain in the surgical area from August.  It's pretty bad.  But, there's nothing that can be done.  I just deal with it like I deal with the lack of functioning in my hands now that the cold weather has struck.
 
The ugly:  On the same day, 8 hours apart, 2 weeks ago my father and my grandmother both suffered strokes.  Grandmom is doing fantastic, daddy isn't.  I can't go into details or I'll just lose it.  We have been told to make the most of our time with daddy before he gets to the point that he doesn't know us at all.  I've already had to suffer him not knowing me for a little while.  darn near ripped my heart out.  A week and a day later, I am dead asleep at 7:30 a.m. when my phone starts ringing.  It's my oldest son.  They've been involved in an accident at the end of our road--he had just removed his safety belt to make sure his books were in the car and ended up being a projectile, slamming his head into his brother's and knocking him into the driver's window where the impact knocked out my youngest.  The van was totalled.  Thank God, though, that my boys are okay.  The van was on it's last leg anyway--I had just replaced that one with a newer-to-me van.  They say "it" comes in three's, there's my three, leave me alone now please.  *sigh*
 
I had a PM appointment on Thursday.  Due to the wreck, I was unable to make it and they worked me in on Friday.  I completely melted down on my doc on Friday.  I was in a huge amount of pain.  My arms hurt so bad that driving was a huge chore for me.  So, he grabbed the tissue, pulled a chair up to me, hugged my neck and we talked.  God I love my doctor!  He knew I'd throw a fit over adding meds...but he reminded me that when the cold is over with, we would be able to drop the new stuff.  So, I am now on:
 
A.M.  20 mg Prozac, 15 mg Morphine Sulfate ER, Robaxin 750 mg.
 
NOON 20 mg Prozac, 750 mg Robaxin and if I am having any break through pain either 10/325 Percocet (up to 3xday) or 50 mg Demerol (up to 2xday).
 
P.M.  15 mg Morphine Sulfate ER, Robaxin 750 mg, 2mg Clonazepam
 
For the record:  I hate the zombie state the morphine has me in.
 
That's the quick update on lil' old me.  Trying to manage through this cold weather.  I thank God daily for Thermacare patches!

Chartreux
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   Posted 12/11/2011 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
So, very very sorry with all that's happened to you and your family...I agree with you
enough already...Many Many Prayers for your Father and Grandmother...and
I'm so glad your boys are okay, what a scare....
Many Prayers and well wishes being sent to you and I sure hope things turn around
for you soon, thinking of you...keep us posted we do care....
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educ8athome
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   Posted 12/11/2011 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Chartreux. It's been one ride after another. Some days I just want to quit, you know? But, there is an end in sight and help on the horizon. My husband has been in school for 3 years. Tuesday he takes both of his exit exams and he is DONE with school. Now instead of work and school all of the time, it can be work and helping me at home. God how I am so excited about it too! Maybe then I can catch a break on some other things in life, you know?
I am unable to come up with a clever signature. I don't even really have a true diagnosis. I am on percocet and robaxin for chronic hand pain. So, in lieu of a dx and all, I'll just say that I am the daughter of an awesome and mighty KING, THE King of Kings and it is only through Him that I am allowed to live each day.

tmjpain
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   Posted 12/11/2011 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, yes i have asked about you and wondered how you were. It is great to hear from you but i am so sorry you are still suffering so badly. I wish i could help. Take it slowly, one day at a time and be kind to yourself. I sure hope the meds help you more now. I can understand that it is not fun taking them or feeling the terrible side effects.
I am so sorry to hear the news about your dad and grandmother and your boys. Gosh that is a lot to process I am sure.
Glad to hear your hubby will be finished with school and will be able to give you a hand at home. That will be great for you. What did he study?

Glad you popped in for a visit. Hope you can come back more often and chat with us. Maybe give it a thought to join the facebook page that Michael started for HW members to just chat it up.

'Take care
suzane

educ8athome
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   Posted 12/11/2011 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
He will have a double associates in business management and something to do with computers.  In May our daughter will have a double associates in business management and accounting.  I am so proud of them both!
 
Today I am so far out of it that I may be in another country.  I am told that once I get the morphine into my system, it will taper off and I won't feel so worn down.  God I hope that is true.  I can't feel this foggy all of the time.
 
I am very thankful for online shopping.  Without it, we'd have virtually no Christmas this year.  But, boxes are arriving 2-5 at a time daily and the kids are getting very excited (as is mom!).  That is what we all are looking forward to this year.  And, making them happy is going to get me through this mess.
 
What is the name of the FB group so I can find it?  I'd love to join it.  I'm a FB junkie.

tmjpain
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   Posted 12/11/2011 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Send michael your email and he can get you on there. It's fun already.

How many kids do you have cathy? I have two boys 21 and 23.
Congrats to your daughter and hubby. A great accomplishment and something to be very proud of.

Suzane

momtofourangels
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   Posted 12/11/2011 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow Cathy, you have been thru a lot. I'm sorry about your grandmother and dad. I will be praying for them and you and your family.

I sure hope the meds help your pain, so that you don't suffer so much.

Take care.

hugs
Loretta
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

educ8athome
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Date Joined Aug 2011
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   Posted 12/11/2011 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
TMJ: I have three children ages 21 (daughter), 20 and 17 both sons (youngest will be 18 next month) I also have a son-in-law that will be 21 in March and three grandchildren 3 (girl), 2 and 7 mos (both boys).

I don't like the meds at all right now because I am just spaced out and sleeping a lot, but in retrospect, I need to sleep, I have not been sleeping well at all.
I am unable to come up with a clever signature. I don't even really have a true diagnosis. I am on percocet and robaxin for chronic hand pain. So, in lieu of a dx and all, I'll just say that I am the daughter of an awesome and mighty KING, THE King of Kings and it is only through Him that I am allowed to live each day.

Betsey Ross
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Date Joined Mar 2011
Total Posts : 1056
   Posted 12/11/2011 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
It certainly is nice to hear from you. So sorry to hear about your family.

I will put you and your family on our prayer list at church.

The grogginess will wear off eventually. Hang in there

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of tibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected leg continously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/ metal removed in July//then total knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take oxycontin,flexeril,cymbalta,vicadin for BT
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