Friday, July 5, 2013

Catching up....

Well, summertime is here. Last week was extremely hot and muggy! Yuck! Muggy weather just does not agree with me at all! However, it did cool down some and the humidity level dropped drastically so most of this week has been really nice. It was wonderful sitting out last evening watching the fireworks with everyone! Hope everyone else had a safe holiday!

The past couple of months have been super hectic. I am beginning to think that I should just accept that my life is going to always be hectic. It seems like one thing after another needs to be attended to and I am on the go constantly. When the kids were growing up, I kept thinking things would settle down once they were grown but I just have a whole new set of issues to take care of now.

Allen has been to see several doctors/specialists the past few weeks and had several tests done. So far, everything is coming back good with the exception that his blood sugar is high again so we are making some diet adjustments to try to fix that. He has finally found an excellent doctor who is working on his venous insufficiency so with that and some weight loss, he should be doing great in no time. He has had a small 'spot' on his one leg for several years now and the doctor removed it this past Friday to have it biopsied. She doesn't feel it is anything to worry about but just wanted to be sure. She ended up putting 17 staples in his leg that will come out this next Tuesday. (It looks like he has a small train track running down his leg)

Mom took another couple of falls last week, again hitting her head and leaving her with a badly bruised face and black eye. She hasn't had any other issues though so that is good. She is able to feed herself again and her stubborn streak is back. Never tell her that she 'can't' do something because she will become determined to show you that she 'can' do it! The staff at the nursing facility are all in amazement that she has been so sick so many times but always bounces back. She is very strong-willed for sure!

So all of this has caused an issue that I am dealing with now. Apparently, I am suffering from TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint disorder). I have been experiencing terrible pain on the left jaw and into my left ear. I went to the dentist thinking something was wrong with a tooth but x-rays and exams show that my teeth are in great shape. He feels that the stress and anxiety I have been under is causing me to clench my teeth and put stress/strain on my jaw, resulting in the pain. So, I just have to keep reminding myself to stay calm, don't worry, be happy! Otherwise, my jaw to my ear hurts so bad, I just want to cry. Right now I am managing things with ibuprofen and tylenol. Muscle relaxers is an option if it continues or gets worse but I am hoping I can handle worry. Got it!

That about catches things up for now. I have had a lot of thoughts lately...mostly come to me when sitting with my mother or waiting in doctors' offices with Allen and hope to post some of them in the next few days. Hope you are doing well and enjoying your summer!

No comments:

Post a Comment