Monday, November 02, 2009

plodding along

Well, my arm is healing up pretty well. The scars are bigger and longer than I had expected but I remember my hubby telling me that the surgeon said there was a bit of a mess in the upper blockage area and he had to do more than he expected. The tingling, numbness and pain in that arm and hand are gone.

Now, it's a matter of scheduling surgery for the right arm. I was crocheting the other day and honestly, I didn't get two rows done before my thumb and first two fingers had gone numb. I was thinking it had let up, but that's because I've not been doing a lot of the things I had done before. It's still there, all right. I'm glad he didn't even think of doing the two together. I'd not have been able to do anything at all.

The edema in my feet from the Methadone is worse now than it has been. For the last couple weeks I've had almost constant swelling and it has been so bad a couple times I couldn't get shoes on. That along with the weight gain are the two worst side effects of the drug that keeps my pain in check. Given the choice, I'd take the swelling and increased weight over the pain any day. It's just no fun having to choose.

I'm not sleeping again. A couple hours here, a few hours there, and that's all I get. It's been 4 years since I've slept well at night. Man, do I miss it. Now if I go to bed I'll sleep for a bit and then get up, or I'll lay there for a few hours and decide the heck with it and get up. There's no sense in laying there all night, listening to hubby sleep. It gets frustrating.

After the first of the year it will be time to deal with my teeth. I seriously need a cleaning and such, but I can't be awake because those hypersensitive nerves of mine would have me clawing at the ceiling. We got a flyer or two in the mail about a place towards St. Louis that does sedation dentistry. I'm going to check them out and see if they can do my teeth. We've got the insurance; I might as well get it done. Otherwise, my teeth are gonna start falling out of my mouth. If they can knock me out I have the feeling it will be fine. It's either that or dentures....

I've been able to sew more in the past several weeks. I can't explain why but sometimes the machines really hurt my eyes and ears and head. Right now, they aren't doing that, so I'm taking advantage of it and sewing away. I love sitting at the machine. Being able to create things has always been a sort of therapy for me.

So, basically nothing new here on the home front. Since I believe, though, that nothing stays the same for long, something is bound to happen soon.

1 comment:

WinnyNinny PooPoo said...

Wishing you some uninterrupted sleep. Sympathize on the foot swelling - fighting the cankle battle myself right now!