It has been some time since I have talked with you all about my health situation. Sadly, there is very little good news when it comes to an update. Let’s go ahead and just lay it out there though…
I have been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease. They believe it is reversible and I am hopeful. What this means though is that I can no longer take anti-inflamatories which also means that my arthritis is not being treated as well as expected.
I have also been diagnosed with all kinds of back issues. I had an MRI (horrible, scary experience for someone with claustrophobia) and it showed a herniation, spinal compression, bulge, and nerve problems. The doctor is going to try to do some injections to help it. Those will happen later in December.
I have been able to get in to see a pain specialist and he is amazing. I am blessed with finding him for sure. He shows true concern for me and my condition. He wants to make my quality of life better. He is the one that ordered the spine MRI and the one doing the injections I mentioned. I am on several pain medications so that I can function. I hate that I have to take them, but grateful that they help make it possible for me to get out of bed and be a mom to my kids.
I lost my primary care doctor (he moved out of state) and started seeing another one who misdiagnosed me. Now I want to find another.
The misdiagnosis was a frozen shoulder. I am dealing with extreme pain and very limited range of motion in my right shoulder. There are apparently phases that this goes through and I am in the first one. I did get a steroid injection in my shoulder and it has helped immensely. I will have to undergo intense physical therapy in a month (when it “thaws”) or so to get my range of motion back and build up the muscle that has been affected.
I am using a cane whenever I need it. I can only wear Birkenstocks or my feet hurt to the point of not being able to walk anymore. I am looking for something else but orthotic shoes are really expensive and we are not doing well financially.
My husband lost his job and we are struggling. This has a huge impact on my mental health. My anxiety and depression are OFF THE CHARTS bad. My doc is on it though and he is trying to help me.
So, this is why I have been quiet. The kids are good. Great even. We finally have a second car so I can go out and do the things I need to do. I am unable to work at all now but am doing my best to stay focused and find the good in life.
Like this beauty…
That is my Bella and she is everything to me (besides my kids, of course). She is being trained, by me and my family, to be a support dog for me. She is already an emotional support dog so we are going through the training to get her to be a mobility support dog (disability support). She is so smart and so willing to help me. I believe, with all my heart, that she was meant to be in my life. I am so grateful for her. She was given to us by a family that couldn’t keep her any longer. It was meant to be.
So, with all that said, I am okay. My kids are great. My family is doing as well as can be expected. We are all living and that is a blessing I can not overlook, no matter how down I get.
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