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SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE JUST DOING NOTHING

Sometimes I feel like just doing nothing.  It's true.  That's this week.  Not that I haven't got a good excuse, because I have-but I'm not "built" to not do my work.

I have several assignments that have been on my desk and due to my health-they aren't done.

It all started after my daughter-in-law and I got home from visiting my parents on Sunday.  It was Dad's birthday (82) and with mom's broken rib-they weren't up to going out.  My sister and family went first and brought breakfast.  Sam and I stopped at Costco to pick up a couple of items for them and then visited for a few hours.  

Then I felt the change in the barometric pressure getting to me.  Big time.  We got home, Sam left and I just felt achy and blah.  Our son called and made a "date" with me for breakfast the next morning.  That was a great surprise-since he's been working non-stop we don't even have our weekly dinners with him and Sam anymore.

Got through a really fun breakfast-but with lots of pain coming from not only my joints but from those lovely 4 bulging discs that have divided themselves between my neck and lower back.

I made a simple dinner and then started nodding off while watching TV.  I gave up and went to bed.  That's when the spasms started.  I decided to pop a painkiller.  It didn't work.  Sleep never came that night.  By morning I was a stiff zombie whose only movements came from the spasms.  I knew it was stupid, but I took another pain killer.  

It really was stupid. Even with my breakfast in me-I got sick.  And then I got sick again.  My husband asked if he should stay or go.  I just waved him on through my sick haze.  

Thankfully it was acupuncture day.  Got there-she couldn't believe what I looked like.  Thank goodness for acupuncture.  The therapist got the nausea to stop and got the pain under control.  My warning:  No work for you-go home and try to take a nap.

I spent the rest of that day, trying to nap.  I nodded off a few times, nothing to write home about (and obviously nothing to write and submit to publishers about).  By the time Steve got home, I just wanted to stay up through whatever I was trying to watch and find out about his day.

I went to bed and dropped off for 8 straight hours-almost unheard of in Carine Nadel Land.  

Doing that made getting my haircut easier.  Still, I did a lot of shifting in my chair.

As I sit here with my fresh haircut, I've feeling somewhat human.  But I decided to write this because the idea of trying to form an article containing answers to questions of 4 different people is just not happening for me yet.  

My calendar is clear tomorrow-I think I'll leave my writing of prose until then.

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      Mary Clark wrote May 20, 2011
    • Carine...so sorry you are in so much pain.  My husband deals with back issues as well. He’s had two back surgeries..from ruptured discs...and has had a full knee replacement.  A week ago yesterday (thurs) he had a spinal cord stimulator implanted in his back to help trick the brain into thinking there is pain.  He has suffered for over 12 years.  So next week they turn the stimulator on and he will then experience only about 20% or less of the amount of pain he was experiencing.  He did the trial for this thing about three weeks ago and it was a Godsend.  I hope that one day you will get the relief as well.

      Feel better...



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      Carine Nadel wrote May 20, 2011
    • thank you Mary.  for now, the acupuncture really is keeping it tolerable-sans the bad weather days of course.  When it doesn’t-I’ve been told the next step is epidural blocks.  where my slipped/bulging/whatever discs are-they are so close to the spinal cord that the last ditch effort would be surgery.

      hope your husband does well and it works like a charm for him!



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      Mary Clark wrote May 20, 2011
    • Good luck with everything...we’ve done the epidural blocks...we’ve done it all....

      Back problems are the worst...

      We are very encouraged by this stimulator...hopefully it will give him his life back.  Thank you.



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      Carine Nadel wrote May 20, 2011
    • I think those of us and our spouses who have to endure this type of pain, usually try “it all” and hope something, anything will work



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      Mary Clark wrote May 20, 2011
    • Yes you do...and until you have either experienced it yourself...truly the pain...or have lived with someone that has...you truly do not understand it....



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      Anne E wrote May 21, 2011
    • Feel better Carine! heart



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