My sense of time is very strange right now. I'll ask hubby what day it is and not understand that it's already Wednesday. Where did Sunday, Monday and Tuesday go?? I'm chalking the time warp to stress and fatigue and 101 other things running through my head lately.
So because of these time warps I'm stuck in, I really owe you an update... so here's the Cliff Notes versions... because seriously, I lose track of time and it'll take me hours to do a full update.
EMG Nerve Study Results:
I have a possible answer for the shoulder issues. Brachial Neuritis. There is possibly a lesion on my brachial nerve. This caused the arm / shoulder issues just after my brain surgery in June. Good news - it's not a permanent condition. It's on average a 2 year recovery. I can live with that.
I've been for 2 visits. I felt better after my first visit - more centred and refreshed. I was so stressed at visit #2 that I don't think I could relax even if you drugged me. But I have 4 more visits booked. I will continue to see the acupuncturist, who is actually a Dr. of Chinese Medicine (BIG GRIN and thumbs up!) for a couple of months. She is working on not only my arm / nerve issues but also my horrible digestive tract and my arthritis - which is out of control right now because of the cold - warm - dry - damp - snowing - cloudy - sunny - can't make up it's mind!! weather forecasts lately. She explained some of my EMG results and will review my MRIs as well. She is taking in the Western medicine findings and treating where she can with acupuncture, inferred and some other heat therapy, cupping etc. She has discovered a couple things without me telling her about them too and I think she is a genius. From my pulse she could tell my GI tract has been acting up lately. From my tongue and my eyes that I'm severely anemic again - due to the GI issues... And a few other things. I started an iron supplement and a green powder supplement to try and help the GI and anemia. She is AMAZING and I'm so happy that I was referred to her.
I went to see a new physiotherapist yesterday. He comes very highly recommended and I can see why. (He's the physio the local doctors go and see.... he's gotta be good.) My consult was only supposed to be a few minutes for him to decide if he would take on a patient with brachial neuritis as he has not dealt with it in his 24 years of practice. I was there an hour and a half. And I came out with another appointment on Friday, two homework exercises and hope. Hope of regaining all of the strength that I lost. Hope of returning to my new normal life. And finally understanding what all of the MRI, CT, and EMG reports mean. No one has ever gone through a report with me. Until the new physio and my acupuncturist that is.
I continue to work 4 hours a day and I'm still dragging my
butt arm by the time I get home. (Like Igor in some horror film... my arm hanging limply in front of me...) But I feel like I'm at least accomplishing something most days. The dizzy spells I have from time to time cloud my thinking and I feel like I haven't done anything. But it's getting better and I can at least see 1 place on my desk right now that is not a foot high with file folders. My bosses continue to support me and are amazing through all of my return to work. The young lady they hired to assist me with the filing, copying, etc is working out very well. It's great to have the help. I don't feel like I'm floundering as much anymore.
The long-term disability assessor is going to send someone to assess me at work. Don't know what it will entail or what will be involved. But I'm looking at it as a positive. Help me get back to my new normal.
We're looking at getting a puppy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm just a little excited, and a little anxious!! And we're going to get MY puppy!! MY DREAM PUPPY!!! My "I've wanted one all of my life" puppy!! Hubby spends every evening on the internet researching breeders and the dogs. We have sent away several applications to breeders in Canada and the US. I have 3 books checked out from the library sitting beside me on the couch. Hubby sits and reads it out loud to me after supper. (I'm too tired to focus on anything lately... darn anemia!) (And I've also been SUPER B!T@HY lately because I'm so tired... poor hubby)
Doesn't she just make your heart melt??? This isn't the actual puppy. Someone else owns this little sweetheart... the litter we're interested in isn't born yet... (this is actually the mom of one of the litters!)
It's up, it's running great. There are
5 2 new fishies living here now, for starters. 2 angel fish and 3 2 bronze corydories. I love to sit and watch the fish play in the current from the output. And they love to come to the side of the tank when we're standing close. They almost beg to be fed! (Argh... do to a phosphate problem in my tank the 2 angels and 1 cory died within 12 hours of posting this so I had to "amend" it... back to the beginning with the fish, again.)
For today, there's the last few weeks in a nutshell. I'm exhausted. Time for some down-time.