Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Getting Better Thank You

My body is telling me it is getting older and some parts of it are wearing down. I suffer from a joint deterioration problem that is really effecting my knees and causes them to pop out of joint when ever they please thus causing me to fall flat on my face. Not fun. It also causes the knees to be a constant source of considerable pain. I am also "blessed" with chronic migraines that happen on a constant basis and I have not had a day with out a migraine in 14 years. Yes I said 14 years. I have been anemic for the past two years with an iron level of 11, the hospital here will not give you an infusion until your level reaches 10. I have 2 bleeding ulcers and must sleep sitting up because of the heartburn. Now my body has decided to be real funny and make me feel real old by giving me severe osteoporosis. To make matters worse my bone density scan shows severe damage and I have vertebrae fractures. Now I have been dealing with a lot of pain but these past few months it has been unbearable and the reason you have not been seeing many pictures of tatting on my blog is I have been in to much pain to do anything.
Now for the positive news. I now walk using a cane or walker and it has reduced my falls and made walking much safer. I have come to accept that I will always be with some degree of migraine and that I am doing all I can medically and non-medically to deal with it. I accept it for what it is and live with it. I got a second opinion on my iron and a referral to a new hospital and it is there policy to give transfusions if your iron is 25 or below and I am receiving my 4th of 10 weekly infusions this week after waiting 2 years. Finally I will feel like I have some energy and to do the least little thing in life will not be a major effort. I have medication for the bleeding ulcers and have bought a Lazy-boy recliner for the bedroom. My Family doctor has approved a dramatic increase in my pain medications and now the pain level is a 10 on a scale of 10 instead of a 14. I am in the process of appealing the government's decision to deny funding for my osteoporosis treatment. I will do my best to deal with it and it is a big improvement over what it was.
As I am getting used to this new balance in my life I am finally able to start back at tatting so I hope to be posting some pictures soon. Yes things are getting a bit better Thank You.

16 comments:

Jane Eborall said...

Good to see you back, Clyde. What an astonishing list of problems. I do hope they all get improved soon.

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

I'm so sorry to read about all you're going through, Clyde. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, and hope that the government allows the treatment you need.

TattingChic said...

I hope things will improve for you soon! It's so hard when things are so challenging that you don't even feel like tatting!

Ladytats said...

Hello clyde, I didn't realize that things were so bad. I am glad that you are getting better and getting some of the health care that you need. I will add you to my prayers as well.

yarnplayer said...

What a lot on one person's plate - hope things get better for you very soon.

***Jon**** said...

I am so sorry to read about this. You have so much to carry on your shoulders. I am glad that things are getting better for you.

Clyde said...

Hi Jane, Thank you it is good to be back. Diane, Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. TattingChic it has been horrible not feeling like tatting. Ladytats, Thanks for the prayers and I am getting better. Yarnplayer, I am focusing on getting better. Jon, Thank you. I am really glad that things are starting to get better too.

Randi said...

Sorry to hear of all your challenges. A bit of hope...I read recently that plums-fresh or dried(prunes)-help improve osteoporosis. I eat them stewed with oatmeal just because I like the flavor. The last bone density test I had showed improvement...it's worth a try!

Grizzly Mountain Arts said...

Clyde, I am so sorry to hear of your health problems. I, too, have a chronic pain problem due to spinal issues and basilar type migraines. My neurologist put me on Nortriptyline last spring and it has been a wonder drug for me. It scrambles the pain receptors in some way and has cut my migraines back dramatically. It also doesn't have the other yucky side effects that pain meds can have. I hope they are able to get your pain under good control, and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Jo

Appalachian Woman said...

Clyde! Wow!

So sorry to hear of so many health issues and that it is such a fight to get help. It shouldn't be that way!
It is terrible when you feel too bad to tat - absolutely terrible, it is usually the last sanity!
You are in my thors and prayers too!

Much love, traci,
tatting in ohio

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

I am sending big BIG hugs your way Clyde! You are so very brave!

Clyde said...

Thank you for the suggestion Randi I will look into giving it a try. Hi Jo, so sorry to hear that you have to suffer with pain and migraines I know how horrible it is I am very happy for you that they where able to find something to help you as much as they did. I thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Thanks for the hugs Sherry I will take all the hugs I can get.

Tatskool said...

Oh Clyde, I am shocked to hear that you have so many health issues all at once. I hope your meds will stabilise you and that you can get back to doing the things you enjoy.
Sending warm fuzzies your way.

SY said...

I wish that I could have magical words to say that would heal you completely. I do have the gift of prayer and I will pray for you Clyde. The blood transfusions will make you feel like a new man soon. God Bless you and Godspeed towards a complete recovery.

***Jon**** said...

Stopping by to say thank you for entering my giveaway. Good luck to you in the drawing.

Art by JoyMac said...

Great to see you back again,
What you are going through is no picnic... this getting old is no good at all I can agree with that... but you are in my thoughts and prayers

I do hope that the Government will help you out
HUgs
Joy