What a week this has been. I'm sure the picture pretty much explains all I need to say.
Yesterday I went for my cryoanalgesia procedure, in hopes of ending some of the nerve pain in my freaking skull that refuses to completely ever end!
Now many have asked me, "what exactly is Cryoanalgesia?" In short terms, it is freezing of the nerve that causes the pain in the occipital region - (for me), causing an interruption of pain impulses to the brain.
Why is it done? Ha! Why else, pain relief. It is performed to relieve pain from peripheral nerves (nerves that connect the brain or spinal column to areas outside the central nervous system). This pain often originates in the greater occipital nerves at the back of the head; the ribs, sacroiliac joints (connect the base of the spine to the pelvis), or vertebra.
Of the many, MANY procedures (etc) I've tried, this seems to work the best for me. Of course, it's not for everyone, and it can be rather, um, uncomfortable; as most procedures for migraine relief seem to be.
How is it done? This is the uncomfortable part of the procedure I was talking about; and it can be done with or without sedation. CHOOSE SEDATION. You will not be completely sedated, as your doctor needs to have your attention and know, well, where it hurts, when he hits the right spot, so to speak. I'm sure by now, you know THE spot.
Once you've been sedated, he makes a small incision into the skin, and a small probe is inserted into the area. With the probe in place, a machine connected to the probe will be turned on and a small ball of ice will form around the tip of the probe; thus freezing the nerve and interrupting transmission of the pain impulse. well, eventually. You will be feeling pain and some discomfort for the remainder of the day.
I was in full migraine for the past two days, which did NOT help matters. With that and not being able to drink prior to the procedure, making me dehydrated; spiked me into a nice big ol' 8. Needless to say, I spent the day on the couch with ice on my head, drinking a wonderful new gingerale/green tea combo that Frankie found for me. which, since I love love LOVE it, it will probably go off the market within the next 3 months. I hate that.
I feel so much better today. Thank you Toradol. thank you cryo. and ice. and much much prayer. Thank you Lord. I'm sure by tomorrow, I'll be even better.
Happy Anniversary Frank.
wishing you all a pain-free weekend
Friday, June 27, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Ah yes, Tuesday; this was the very cold (think global warming) and rainy evening of the DMB concert. We. froze. our. behinds. off! I must say though, Dave and the boys - just totally fantastic awesome stupendous and incredible. duh, goes without saying. The weather, on the other hand, well, let's just say the global warming got to me again! HA
Oh, and we (Frank) finally realized my need for a more powerful camera. and the crowd roared - yeah!!!!!!
On another note, I am finally done decorating the windows in this house! My neck is killing me from this dangerous and rather hideous chore. Not to mention, expensive! I hate, hate, HATE hanging curtains. curtain rods and such. It is a seriously painful task. Oh no, we still have the stupid kitchen and office to do yet. They can wait until after vacation because I just need a vacation and I don't know if I have anything left in me right now. these rooms require full makeovers. I will get a new stove out of the deal. Frank will get a new office and I will be re-organizing it so my scrapbooking area and the kids homework area are, well, homeworkable. it's going to be a big project. Like I said, after vacation. for both.
I think I just exhausted myself thinking about it. so goodnight for now. I will probably not sleep. hey, maybe I'll just look at office pics online. no no no that just will not do. kitchens!
oh bother. I'm getting a migraine.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
How pitiful is this picture of my bad boy? He was terrified when he was dropped off; like he knew what was happening. Poor idiot. I think he is asking for his Mommy here and promissing never to run through my gardens and pissss on my swing, plants, pretty flowers and other nice essentials I bust my hump for outside to relax and look wonderfully gorgeous and not stink like a horney dog who must mark his bad territory. Right, pitiful dog looking all sad and stuff. I crack up everytime I look at this picture.
Oh and yes, he was getting his teeth cleaned while he was under.
Look closely here. See anything weird or out of place in my garden?
Monday, June 16, 2008
Frank and I have been busy, busy, busy since he has been retired. I haven't been able to come up for as much as a breath of air. Landscaping, my new pond-to-be, the never-ending running around. Oh, and Frank and Rocco having surgery on Friday. Just wait until I put the pic of poor Rocco up they took at the vet's office. so pitiful.
Last week, we had a few rooms painted. Which means the house has been turned up.side.down. I am still digging out.
This is the color Christina chose for her room. Naturally, it is more scrumptous in person. It is a huge improvemoent over the Barney purple that was in there.
This picture looks even better now. And again, even better in person. I still need to do the window treatment in her, my and the master bath yet. So lovely, her room.
This is the new color of the livingroom, it's called "pesto" and wow what a difference. I wanted something that would come alive and does it ever.
It really POPS against the diningroom, which is a beautiful deep purple, the same color as the skin of an eggplant. I'm thinking that copper will look nice on the new doors in the diningroom. oh yes, copper.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
My wee little pond-lette is now officially up and running. I cannot get enough of it. I have had the old water pump and washtub for three years, and have been waiting that long to put this together.
I also have plants that I installed yesterday. From here, you can see the water trickling from the spout. This is going to be a very addicting hobby. I have already decided that I need, oh yes, I need to have an uplight on the cherry tree; this way the entire area will be lit at night.
OOps, one of our little lion heads comitted suicide right in front of Nicholas and I tonight while we were feeding them. He was just swimming away, swimming away, with his little partner; oh and the shebunkle came out, but the poor little guy swam real fast right into a rock, bounced off and was just sort of partly swimming for a few minutes. He did this little swim here and there, then he'd sink to the bottom; wiggle his tail a bit, float to the top. Finally, after 20 minutes he just stopped altogether. It was really sad.
So Nicholas and I brought him in and offered our condolences - over the toilet. He was a real big boy over the entire ordeal, he insisted he be the one to both drop and flush the fish.
He's just growing up so fast. He was bird-watching in this pic lastnight. What a little man. When we said our prayers tonight, he prayed that the other three fish would be ok. So sweet.
I received some rather disturbing news today; one of the medications I take as a preventative for my Migraine disease will not be covered by my prescription plan from my insurance company. Therefore, I now need to be taken down off of the medication that has been making my life liveable for the past two years. Well, I started it two years ago; and I'm now able to live life without being confined to my bed, or a hospital bed. In reality, it has taken probably most of those two years to get to this point.
The drug is Namenda; and it is, of course, off-label. It is given to patients with Alzheimers, or early dementia. And this is the argument my carrier, Caremark is holding.
So now what happens? Hopefully, nothing. I'm seriously hoping that, maybe, just maybe I don't really need the drug anymore (hey, it can happen, right) and I'll be fine. But there is this scared twinge inside of me saying, "uh-oh, hope you enjoyed the vacation. It's going to be a bumpy ride home."
I'm usually the girl with the glass half-full, so I suppose I need to look at it as such. Hey, at least I can go veg with my pond and my fish when I'm stressed.
Aaaaaaand my bedroom was painted today. Just need to decorate. Tomorrow, Chrisarella will have her room done and the livingroom will be painted. Lot's of new color. Shopping tomorrow. ugh.
wishing you well, with pain-free days.
Monday, June 09, 2008
The heat is ON! I finally, at last have my wonderful summer "room" to sit and relax and entertain in. Please come in, sit down and grab a glass of fresh, iced sun tea.
How sweet is this? I got this lantern for $1 and the table for $2 at a sale. Add a little china bowl with Lobelia and it's all pretty.
The planter in robin's egg blue was also a steal, I painted it to match my new furniture and stuck pretty plants to match. The "rug" under Rocco, is actually made up from three beach sand mats for just $2.50 at Target. Sorry girls, I'll get more.
My little cooler table was in the shed; a little repurposing comes in handy. Right now, we are storing some toys like Bocce ball and frisbee's. But it will come in handy when we have guests. Just fill it with drinks and ice, and we're good. You can also see the legs of the table in this shot.
My next project is our little island view. I purchased the pump and plants today; but I need some smaller tubing to fit through the center of the antique water pump to allow the water to flow out from it. Then, we'll be good to go. Oh, and of course, fish.
Tomorrow is another day. Unfortunately, it's going to be just as HOT as it was today. Note to self: make more tea, stay cool, avoid migraine.
Wishing you pain-free days. Stay cool
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Yesterday it was 96, and I don't really want to know what it was today. Frank was having loads of fun, (can you tell?) with the little guys, and the sprinkler, while Cinderisa and I were gone shopping.
I know, he was hogging the sprinkler here. Chrisarella called to tell me he was running through the sprinkler and I immediatley told her to get the camera. this is what we got. He is a lot of fun.
Look out, Vanessa! But unfortunately, after the 15 minutes of play, it tore. So tomorrow, it goes back. Anyway, they enjoyed it while they had it. Yeah, "made in China" whatever!!!
Poor Nicholas - he judges all of his toys that break or have to be returned on where they were made. He looks where, literally everything is made now.
I now have a wonderful area to relax, stay cool and retreat from the bugs on my patio/deck area. I will be taking and posting pictures and sharing them. We will be having some rooms painted, I finally am getting my bedroom done in the colors I love; as the present color was mixed incorrectly and is just too much to deal with on the eyes.
The painting will begin on Wed. when the weather cools down. Christina will have her room redone. Her color is currently the color of Barney the dinosaur, so she is due for new color. The living room is being redone. We did just paint two years ago, but because the house is West-facing, it's actually very dark inside, so we need some brighter colors to POP. So I'm going green.
Frank and I have been very busy since he's retired. We just had some more work done on the money pit/house. We've been needing to get a barrier done to keep water out of the basement, and had some landscaping done in the process. I have finally been able to do some gardening; which I love to do. I will be adding pictures in days to come.
for now, I couldn't wait to show the kids and Frank cooling off.
praying you all pain-free days
Monday, June 02, 2008
1: to cherish a desire with anticipation <hopes for a promotion>
2archaic : TRUST
1: to desire with expectation of obtainment
2: to expect with confidence
When you are expecting a baby, you hope for a healthy baby. You prepare for your new baby with everything you believe you will need, material wise. No doubt you will be handed items from friends and family, who no longer need or use them. You will be amazed at the items, clothing, equipment that this tiny little bundle will come into the world with, that you had absolutely no idea you would just need. And you will need everything. And more.
You have prepared the room; just the right colors; now for the third time. The crib is in place; again. Everything is so beautiful. Nothing can possibly go wrong; just need to wait, wait, wait.....
Then the day finally comes, the day, it seems, that everyone has been waiting for. They all ask when the baby is coming - no matter where you are. The store, church, work, they all seem to be curious about babies. But you have been waiting the longest to meet this perfect little person; this part of you that God has prepared for you. And today, you will meet - together.
But something is different. Something about this meeting isn't - perfect. Everyone around you is suddenly rushed and quiet at the same time; and so is your baby. quiet
"But it's not supposed to be this way!" you demand.
"But, it is." He answers. In a still small voice.
You cry the tears back, and pretend not to hear Him. "She is perfect. I made her for you. She is going to need extra-special care. Take good care of her." You don't want to listen then.
But as she grows and blossoms and blooms, you learn how right He was; she is perfect. She is the way He wanted her to be, and how can I argue with His greatness? Afterall, she will know no sorrow. She is a truly beautiful and gentle child of God.
Psalm 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and my soul knoweth right well.
Yesterday, she was in a recital for Hope's Ambassadors, which she is one of. Let me explain: The entire group is called Hope Network, which includes the kids and parents. The parents get together and gripe and stuff that grown-ups do. During the week, the little kids, the "angels" get together and dance and stretch and sing with their hands; and then the "ambassadors" are the teens and older, come and basically do the same.
Yesterday was the recital; and it was so awesome that I was just about brought to tears. And so was everyone else that attended.
How adorable are they? They were keeping time. Ok, I must be completely honest here, Lexi wasnt so, ummm, much of a participant. But she was there with her peers and it was just awesome to see them, and her. It was amazing to see how simple it is to worship our Saviour. Not just children. Look deeper at these children. I wish you could have been there to see it for yourselves; it really was quite moving. These kids put their little hearts and souls into every movement.
When their voices couldn't sing; they used their hands, arms and bodies to sing and dance to Him. It was just breathtaking. If you ever, for any reason at all, get a chance to see this in your own area; you should take it. Trust me, you won't regret it. And I'm really not just saying that because of my Lexi.
Wishing you pain-free days ahead.