Sunday, February 25, 2024


Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to say that I just haven't been around to read blog posts. I don't like when this happens. Things have just overwhelmed me lately. 

I have been having some bad backaches on my right side and hip. I had a CT scan and I have mild osteoarthritis but it definitely hurts a lot! 

So my doctor put me on cymbalta but I had a terrible side effect on the 60 mg pill. I was nauseous for 2 days and didn't sleep the first 48 hours. It can be used for depression but is also used for nerve damage or fibromyalgia. 

I have been given the 30 mg pill but I haven't started it yet. It can thin your blood and I am already on a blood thinner. I'm up in the air about it. However, I had a follow up appointment with my rheumatologist and I talked to him about it and I am going to try a shot for the pain. 

I don't want to do that forever but will try it for now because we will be going out of town to see Amber and Dylan. I don't want to deal with side effects from the lower dose. I am also going to be going to physical therapy which is said to be the best medicine. 

Also I have a colonoscopy on Tuesday and I have to be off my blood thinners so there was no point in starting that medication. In a blog post a few weeks ago I had mentioned that I have a lot of anxiety and it's because of this procedure. 

So I took one of those home test and it came back positive for blood in the stool. I was due for my 10 year follow up but hadn't booked it because of Mark's injury. I needed him to go with me and he couldn't drive for 4 months. 

So I meet with the doctor and he was so wonderful. He said those tests are wrong so often. My bowels work fine and I have never had blood in my stool. He even put his hand on my shoulder to help settle me down. So please pray for me. 

Then we went out and got new phones yesterday and it is not fun learning a new phone!!!! Of course we were at Best Buy for a few hours. We did go to Verizon but we were not happy with the gentleman who worked with us. Had nothing worth wild to offer us. We ended up buying our new phones at Best Buy and they set them up for us. 

I stayed with an Android because I am a fan. So I got the Galaxy S24 and Mark changed to an Apple 15 Pro. This way Adam and Gabby can facetime with James when they are traveling while we are babysitting and we can also facetime with Amber. 

Also my DVR isn't working right. I can watch what I need to watch but the guide and menu are not right. So after I get everything settled and I can calm down I will have to probably get a new DVR. That is not a fun thing to do either. 

However yesterday we were able to see James and go to his soccer game in the morning so that of course made me happy. We went out to lunch too! 

So my anxiety has had the best of me and I have been so overwhelmed and just haven't been able to concentrate on reading blog posts. I'm so sorry. Love you guys and have a great week ahead.  


MadSnapper said...

please remove the worry from you life about reading blog posts. its for fun,not more stress. prayers for the stress and for the test on Tuesday to be negative and give you relief of thinking about it... and when you do come back, do not spend hours trying to catch up... start when ever you come back, no backwards looking.

Chatty Crone said...

A agree with Sandra - please remove the worry from your life about reading blog posts. It's for fun, not more stress.
I know you are concerned about your colonoscopy - prayers for that.
Medicines are hard to know what to do. I am doing the same thing with Repatha.
Congrats on your new phones!
Spending time with James has to be the BEST!

photowannabe said...

I'm right there with Sandra and the Chatty Crone..
No stress, read and share when you can. We're still here for you.
Prayers for your test and enjoy your time with James.

Debi said...

Sending you prayers for peace and calm. Post and read whenever you can... we will be here whenever you are ready, no worries. James is certainly a handsome young man! Isn't it wonderful how even a short visit from the grands can make your day so much better? ((hugs))

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

I understand you feeling overwhelmed, you are having a lot of issues with your health and trying to sort out medications and worries about other things as well, so read blogs when you can and don't stress when you can't.

Trying to get use to a new phone can be a right headache

Mevely317 said...

I don't blame you one bit for feeling anxious and overwhelmed! See, I also had a fecal occult test come back positive and like to worry myself into an early grave before getting an appointment and subsequent colonoscopy. My doctor wasn't nearly as caring as yours, but I praise God all the same.
I don't know what it is with Verizon, but their (so called) customer service sure isn't what it used to be. I never thought about going to some place like Best Buy. Heck, I plain hate having to learn new technology.
Take care!

CheerfulMonk said...

For me blogging is about love and connection. So the best thing you can do for us is take care of yourself as best you can and know that we are praying for you and wishing you the best. ❤️

PS Please don't worry about the positive result. Your doctor is right, those tests are notorious for false positives. Again, please take care and don't worry about us. ❤️

Ann said...

I hate when things just start piling up like that and cause more and more stress. Sorry to hear about the side effects from the prescription. You're right about physical therapy but even doing exercises at home is great. I just wish I could get myself to do them. Listen to that doctor too about the test results. I got one and never even did it because I found the directions just to overwhelming.

sillygirl said...

I wish I lived close to you and we could just sit down for coffee and a chat - that always makes me feel better. Sharing distress lightens the load.

Elizabeth "Libby" Day said...

Instead of dreading the colonoscopy procedure, look at it as getting a nice nap and getting to reward yourself with a great breakfast afterward. Trust your doctor and let God take that stress that you don't have to carry. Thinking about the precious face of your adorable James could lift any heavy anxiety. You've got this Debby. I am recovering from hip replacement a week ago and am doing so well. It is unbelievable to have such hardware in my hip and not feel a thing. I wish we could just sit and visit and get your mind on all the beautiful things around you instead of dread, but since we can't just know you have a lot of emotional support coming your way.

Elizabeth "Libby" Day said...

Saw this and thought about you.

Carla from The River said...

Hello Friend,
Sending lots of hugs and love. I wish we lived closer, I would come over with some tea, muffins and bouquet of flowers.
Love You!! Carla

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