I hope everyone is doing well and enjoyed their weekend! Since I haven’t been working it seems doing these Weekly Flygirl Fix bi-weekly gives me more of an opportunity to actually write something for my blog. I’m hoping that somewhere down the road when I’m physically back to normal and working, I’ll go back to doing this blog weekly. Till then….
It has been two weeks since my last blog and there has been several things that I have been dealing with. I had to go to Urgent Care because I was having pains in my right arm and some numbing in my hand, apparently I have tennis elbow. It’s funny because I don’t even play tennis (laughing). I ended up buying a forearm brace to use during the day and they gave me a wrist brace for at night. It seems that both braces have been helping to keep the flare-ups to a minimal. However, the doctor had put me on some steroids (Prednisone) for five days. About two days into taking them I ended up having a side effect from them. I thought I was just retaining water weight or maybe bloating but what ended up happening is that I was having an allergic reaction to that steroid. I have to say, I was glad it wasn’t that I was just gaining more weight. Several days after taking the last pill I ended up losing 5 lbs. Lesson learned and just another medication to add to my allergic list.
As far as my back issues, I had another MRI done to which I have a pinched nerve, herniated disc and two vertebrae’s that are pretty much gone. My doctor referred me to an Orthopedic surgeon who I had seen last week. It looks as if I’ll be getting back surgery but waiting to find out when. In the meantime I’m still not working and trying to keep my mind occupied. I’m not really one for surgery but I’ve had four neck surgeries that gave me more support and movement back into my neck. So I’m hoping that I will end up with the same results after my back surgery. Keep you all posted on that! And for those of you sending me some great tips, advise etc regarding my chronic pain, thanks! I have already tried meds., PT, steroid shots and the ablation procedure. So surgery is the next step.
Now about two weeks ago my mother had fell and ended up in the hospital. She was wearing her neck brace because she was suppose to be getting neck surgery in a few weeks. When she fell she scraped up her one arm, broke the other and had a big bump on her forehead. I told her she was lucky nothing more than that happened, as that wasn’t enough already. She spent the first week in the hospital then they transferred her to the rehabilitation facility. I’m so thankful that my big sister is there for her. One of the days my sister visited our mom she said she had to hand feed her because one of her arms was wrapped up and the other had a soft cast on it. My sister is one of those people who goes above and beyond for anyone and doesn’t think of herself. I love her for that but also get worried because she has high blood pressure and it would devastate me to ever have something happen to her. I’m sure there are a lot of you out there with a parent or two that ends up becoming a handful. I’ve learned that our roles change when our parents get older. We become the parent and they become the child. And if you have a parent that is around my moms age, 74, then you know that they are stubborn. I can only relate it to the era they grew up in. But in the end, we deal with the stubbornness because we know… they won’t be around forever and it’s better to deal with the craziness now because deep down inside you know you’ll miss dealing with the craziness when they’re gone.
Also, last week I found out through a friend that a girl I knew was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. Her name is Amie and she was such a beautiful girl, smart and achieving all her dreams out in California. I’m not going to go into detail with this sad news but did want to take a moment in my blog to recognize her beautiful soul. RIP Amie
Other than that, life has given me some things to deal with the past two weeks… which is better than me sitting here twiddling my thumbs and going stir crazy. I’m anxious to get this surgery done, recover and hope to be back to work soon! I think this is the longest I’ve ever gone without flying! So on that note and until my next blog, I hope you all have a great week!
P.S. Before I end this post, I do want to mention that I will be doing a Live Facebook chat this Wed. at 4 pm PST. I hope to see you all there!
Hugz & Kisses,