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Rotten week

Jun 28, 2016 9:45 PM

First my oldest brother's brother-in-law passed away from cancer last week. His funeral was on Saturday. We didn't make it to the funeral because we had a doctor appointment at the same time for our trigger point injections.

Today we had our regular doctor appointments. Just before we went in for our appointments, I decided to look at my Facebook page. My other brother's sister-in-law is headed to ECMC (our "local" trauma unit) to have emergency surgery on her hand. I found our two hours later that it took an hour to get an ambulance to transport her the hour and a half trip. Then I found out what happened... she lost part of her index finger to a meat grinder at work.

I just read that she is home and doing as well as can be expected. I was scared spitless because we lost my Mom to a routine surgery in 1994, so now I freek out every time any one goes in for surgery, and it was nine hours after they said she went in before I heard any more. And that was to say she was home. Apparently they sent her home as soon as she came out of recovery and the kids didn't post anything until after they all got home.

Rick's sugar is out of control again. He is losing the feeling in his Right foot. After battling on and off open sores on his legs for a few years now, we learn it's vascular.

I of course had next to no pain today at the doctor appointment, but now I'm hurting so bad I want to cry. I'm out of my med that helps me sleep and I can't seem to think about calling that office until after hours, so I haven't had that med since Saturday.

Jun 28, 2016 9:50 PM

Sounds tough😮.hugs

Jun 29, 2016 12:56 AM

What a time! Hugs and prayers sent your way.

Jun 29, 2016 1:21 AM

ScaryAnn, I am so sorry for your loss!! I, too have just been through losing 2 family members and a dear friend within a week of each other. So, I've had 3 back to back funerals. I'm sorry to hear about your Brother's Sister-in-Law losing part of her finger in such a traumatic way!! Being out of your medication is also another outside stressor which is adding to the problem. As I'm sure you're aware, the mind/body connection is VERY strong and all of the outside stressors you are dealing with have all joined forces to create the pain and inability to sleep that you are dealing with now. After the 2nd funeral I had to go to pain management for my monthly appointment. I was feeling very unwell and when I got there, the computers were down and therefore they were unable to write prescriptions. The power problem was external from the building and having my appointment at 9am (arriving at 8:45) and then being told the power was not expected to come back on until 1pm, it was distressing. Well, a handful of us stayed and almost 2 hours went by and the power came back. I went into the exam room, went to sit down, my knee collapsed from under me, I landed on the edge of the exam table and my neck and shoulder locked up and my arm just dangled there!! It was so painful I cried out and the doctor took a bit over 1/2 hour to get me unlocked. He prescribed a steroid pack for the inflammation, increased the dosage of my muscle relaxant and told me to go home, put heat on it and make sure I took the muscle relaxant every 4 hours (my prescription says I can take 5 pills a day as needed but since they knock me stupid, I only take them at night). So, I went home, took the meds and was zoned for days and that night I locked up TWICE. It has since calmed down a bit and it was all from the overwhelming stress I've been dealing with. Matter of fact, last night was the first night in a week that I locked up again. (I got unstuck and took 2 muscle relaxers and finally drifted off for about 1.5 hours). I hope that things begin to get better end that the stress subsides and you get a break in your pain. Unfortunately, since the first funeral, I've been in an RSD/CRPS Flare that won't let up. I know with a bit more time it will. Sending you positive vibes, gentle {{{Hugs}}} any payers for a better tomorrow. 💕🙏🏻🌻😊

Jun 29, 2016 10:01 AM

Alwayz, what a horrible time you've had lately, things have got to turn around soon, right? Things can't keep going like they have been, can they? I'm hoping things start looking up for you! I'm keeping you in my thoughts, as well as the rest of my "pain family".

It's down right cold in Western NY today, so at least I know why I started hurting so bad yesterday afternoon. I can only imagine how Lynn (the one that lost her finger yesterday) is feeling today. Even though I hurt just as bad today as I did last night, I'm somehow more able to handle it. I hope everyone has as much of a pain free day as they possibly can.

Jun 29, 2016 11:36 AM

Scaryann, I'm so sorry to hear of all your family's stress! My condolences on your brother's brother in law. I know how you feel in not making it to the funeral; I missed both an aunt and an uncle funerals. It hurt not being able to make it. I hope your sister in law heals without complications. My uncle lost a finger the same way. I have developed vascular issues in my legs, five years after the pelvic congestion was found & treated in my pelvis. I told my hubby my heels are looking like my mom's, before she developed necrosis on one heel. Of course her's was due to PVD & kidney disease. Does your hubby wear support stockings? They help with my swelling of fluid & neuropathy pain. Too much stress the past few weeks had my pain levels up & insomnia to boot! You need some relaxing downtime to destress, so your pain will lessen. Hugs & prayers for better weeks ahead! 🙂💕🙏🌼

Jun 29, 2016 8:30 PM

Flappys, he gets his compression stockings Friday, now if I can get him to wear them only time can tell. He moaned about the pair they made him wear during his RFA the whole 24 hours that he had them on! I can only imagine how he's going to be. I, on the other hand, love compression stockings. They do help with pain, even without vascular problems.

I hope everyone has a low pain night. :-)

Jun 30, 2016 11:47 AM

Lol, tell him they are fine once you get use to them. And tell him the alternative health issues really make it worth wearing them. It's actually second nature to put them on daily now. I know they come in multiple colors so maybe he can get some that look more like socks. Mine look like skin tones knee-high stockings.

At first I was embarrassed, especially at 52, to be wearing them in the summer where everyone could see them! Lol 😱 There were some older (than me) who have asked why I wear them, and I tell them the truth. My doc wants to prevent possible blood clots or other health issues, because I have malfunctioning valves in my leg & pelvic veins. He told me circulation issues can lead to amputations, especially in diabetics. So I swallowed my pride and put the"old lady" socks on... And they go with my "old lady" cane too! Lol 😉

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