Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Why I've been MIA

       Where have I been? What have I been up to? Well, I've been a little overwhelmed lately. As some of you know. My husband and I have a little remodeling business. Mostly bathroom and kitchen makeovers. It was going well in 2012, but in the later part of the year we hit a bump in the road. Well, more like I hit a bump in the road. I have had back pain for several years now. Nothing too bad. Take some Tylenol and keep plowing along. Well we started a new large remodel in late October. After a few weeks on the job, I started having some really bad back pain. Tried going to the chiropractor and it really didn't seem to do too much good. He did take xrays that showed some serious problems. By the time Thanksgiving rolled around, I was in pretty bad shape. One morning in early December, I couldn't even get out of bed on my own. My husband took me to the ER. I got a shot of something and some subscriptions. I feel into bed and slept for a couple of days. Then tried to go back to work. I made an appointment with the Dr. I took him my xrays. He said I had severe arthritis in my hips and spine. OH BOY!! I wasn't too happy about that. He sent me to get an MRI. By now, I was pretty much not getting too much done, around the house or on the job. I did finish the clients kitchen cabinets and counter top. My husband has been there finishing everything else by himself. But I could not do, even the smallest amount of work, without being in major pain. Well I went in for the MRI and Monday I got the results. Things do not look good for my back. Besides the arthritis, I have a place in my back where there in NO disk material at all and two other places where it is minimal. She says "your done doing much of anything" Wow, really? I was not expecting that. Turning 50 was not supposed to be this hard. I was expecting, "well we need to do this or that and you'll be back to work in a few weeks" But no.....just "Your done.
       They have referred me to UTMB in Galveston. That won't be easy. It's over 2 hours away. The drive itself will be really hard on my back. But I'll do what ever they say. This isn't it. I'm not "DONE" I may have to change what I do or how I do it, but this woman is far from being done.
       Why the dark, empty room at the top of the post? Well that's where I feel like I've been for the last several days. But notice the light coming in. I'm just waiting for it to light my way.

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