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Stuff That Won't Kill You (but you might wish it did)

The truth is what doesn't kill you can really hurt and cause mental anguish. As most of you know, I have had chronic headaches since mid-August. How bad? Well, they thought I was having a stroke.

I wasn't.

After 4 ER visits, weeks of physical therapy, chiropractic care, message therapy - CT scan, MRIs, and x-rays, they found pretty much nothing to explain the headaches. Oh yeah, they found a dehydrated disc, a torn labrum in my shoulder, and not a whole lot else.

They gave me steroids, Cortisone injections, NSAIDs, anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers, and opioids. And NARCAN.

They diagnosed me with cervicalgia (not a city in Italy), spondylosis (arthritis), and finally after asking them to check, occipital neuralgia. Yeah, the nerve in the back of my head is impinged. (medical term for f*&ing hurts like a SOB) 

So how am I today?

Well, I got up at 7 am and had a cup of coffee. It's 1:24 PM and so far I have my underwear on and I brushed my teeth. I was supposed to meet a friend, which included wearing pants and a shirt.

I didin't go.

I am going back in for spinal injections on the 7th. I hope to get a little more relief. I also heard of a new miracle painkiller which I seems to work for this particular condition. I called my doctor to see if he can prescribe it. It could make this manageable.

Currently, I am spending 3 or 4 hours per day trying to be productive.

Some of it is running because I HAVE to no matter how much it isn't fun. Some of it is focused on taking care of the house. Other times it is paying bills, or spending some meaningful time with my family and friends. The rest of the time, I zone out and am seriously unproductive.

Tokyo is paid for, so I will be there. Period.

For now, that is my only 2019 goal. Finish the damn race and get my 6-Star medal. I am scared I might not make the cut off time - but I am going to try.

I did have a wonderful Christmas in my new home, visited my kids in Boston and San Diego, and slept through the ball drop. Oh yeah, and I lost 5 pounds! Just 17 more to go!

Happy New Year!

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barneshall wrote 43 months ago:
seriously terrible stuff happening with your body...hope it holds up for Tokyo, and yes do have a happy new year .....
lorrainequiche59 wrote 43 months ago:
I really feel for you. How frustrating, discouraging & depressing!!!!!! Hopefully, you can get the new med & some relief.
Dootzy1 wrote 43 months ago:
Praying for strength and relief for you!!

debk0718 wrote 43 months ago:
I truly hope that the new drug can and will give you the relief you deserve.
deadenddiva wrote 43 months ago:
I hope that there are some good things happening for you in your life!
brittvshows wrote 43 months ago:
Love how your humor still shines through the pain. All the best!
FarmerCarla wrote 43 months ago:
Praying you have a safe and successful trip to Tokyo and you find relief for your pain before the new year gets much older.
ronjsteele1 wrote 43 months ago:
Can I suggest trying a good homeopath or cranial sacral therapist? Cheaper, more effective, and non-addictive. Wishing you the best. Love to read your writing but sorry you're suffering so much right now. Just finished your booked and really enjoyed your writing!
JeromeBarry1 wrote 43 months ago:
Just remember, this is all gravy.
Karenkempter wrote 43 months ago:
Wow, I m sorry to hear about your struggles and I hope the new medicine will help. As bad as you feel, you seem to have managed to find your joy during the holidays; visiting your kids, etc. That and your determination to succeed in the Tokyo race, is both courageous and admirable. I wish you the best of luck and hope you get relief soon! Happy New Year! ?☺
deadenddiva wrote 42 months ago:
I know I'm the odd voice here, but there are physics involved. Running puts so much stress on your skeleton. Maybe it is time to find something less pounding? Running can also become an addiction."The force exerted on the ground ranged from 1,038 to 1,314 newtons at a speed of 2.4 meters per second. The Saucony shoe company reports that a force of up to three times body weight can be exerted on the human foot while running." And the jarring of the skeleton goes along with this. Just saying. I hated giving up ice hockey, but at 65 an old lady's body no matter how fit just can't take the falls anymore. Others need you to be mobile for a long time yet?
Laura80111 wrote 42 months ago:
Wow! just another ailment to add to your list. Keep your chin up, remember to smile and know that there are a lot of us in your corner rooting for you....and Happy New Year :)
RichardSmallTigard wrote 42 months ago:
As an encouragement... here is a video from the 1968 Olympics...
Blessings... Finish strong... no matter how much time it takes.
rachelleahsmom wrote 42 months ago:
Have you considered medical marijuana?
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